We get this question a lot! What to do when you stumble upon a great product but it is not (yet) tested by the Monash University; the developer of the FODMAP diet? Keep reading and we hope to help you along:
First of all it is good to know there are two main FODMAP food-testers. They certify the FODMAP level in foods to determine if they are suitable for people to eat during the low FODMAP diet.
One is the Monash University and the second is FODMAP friendly. Both of them have an application for your smartphone so you can find all the FODMAP information you need about different products. I have both on my phone!
What about the not tested ones?
It depends on what stage of the diet you are in. Are you still in the elimination phase, it is certainly good to know which products are certified low FODMAP. When you use products that are not tested you could still experience some discomfort or stomach aches and that results in an unclear result of the elimination phase.
Are you in the reintroduction phase of the diet, you could choose to test the product yourself. Use the same method as you would with other products. So start with a small amount, use more the second day and a big portion the third day.
This is easiest with a product with only one or a few ingredients. When testing a complex product you could start by introducing some of the lose ingredients (like onion or garlic; an often used ingredient). If you do not experience any complaints after using; it is safe for you. When you do notice a setback you should eliminate it again and maybe try some other ingredients first. The more you know the easier it is to check and test complex products yourself.
So this is what we suggest
When stil in the first -elimination- phase of the diet, do not use products you are not sure are low FODMAP!
When in the reintroduction phase; first check if you can get some information from the ingredients list and test it the same way you test other products. When you feel great using it; keep using it!
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