Getting started on a FODMAP diet

You have IBS and your doctor told you to start a low FODMAP diet, but what is it? FODMAP stands for ‘fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols,’ basically these are short-chain carbohydrates. FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods, and while most people are not sensitive to FODMAPs it is very common among people with IBS.

A low FODMAP diet limits small carbs and sugars since they cannot be well-absorbed by your digestive system. Common FODMAPs include:

Fructose – a simple sugar found in fruits and vegetables
Lactose – carbohydrate found in dairy products
Fructans – are found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley
Galactans – found in legumes
Polyols – a type of sugar often used as sweeteners

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Is a low FODMAP diet right for you?

IBS has no well-defined treatment, but it is well known that a low FODMAP diet can have a significant effect. According to researchers, about 75% of people with IBS benefit from a low FODMAP diet. A FODMAP diet can be difficult to follow since they are found in many foods. A general list of common high and low FODMAPs can be found below.

Fiber intake is often compromised when adopting a low FODMAP diet because many high FODMAP foods are also high in fiber. The best way to make sure you’re getting enough fiber is to fill up on low FODMAP, high fiber foods like unripe bananas, blueberries, green beans, broccoli, peanuts, and turnips. Fiber supplements like Cerabeta are also a great alternative. Cerabeta contains 5 grams of fiber per serving. It not only helps you maintain a healthy gut, but it will also lower your cholesterol and moderate your blood sugar levels.  

Cerabeta’s barley beta-glucan is great because it doesn’t require any additional sacrifices. Beta-glucan fiber allows individuals to improve their gut health and digestion without any negative side effects. Instead of negative side effects, anyone who takes beta-glucan will experience additional health benefits. These include naturally lowering your cholesterol levels and moderating your blood sugar levels. Beta-glucan has a low glycemic index and can help moderate your blood sugars, meaning you will have longer lasting steadier energy between meals. Cerabeta is made 100% natural and therefore is easily recognizable by your body! 

Our Vision 

Our Vision at Cerabeta is to make barley beta-glucan available to everyone who is actively trying to improve their gut health and digestion. It is a logical first step that everyone can take with multiple health benefits. Help us spread the word of this incredible fiber and help everyone in the world live healthier lives with the people they love.  

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