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    6 Things Anyone With Stomach Issues Should Know About A Low-FODMAP Diet

    Certain carbohydrates called "FODMAPs" can be hard to digest and cause some people's stomachs to feel all wrong.

    1. FODMAPs are carbohydrates that some people's bodies can't digest very well.

    2. If your body can't absorb FODMAPs correctly it can cause gas, bloating, cramping, and/or diarrhea.

    3. A low-FODMAP diet is therefore used to treat people with symptoms of IBS or similar to IBS. But you should not try a low-FODMAP diet without consulting a doctor because that might lead to nutrient deficiency.

    4. If you are following a low-FODMAP diet with help of a doctor, these are foods to avoid:

    5. And these are foods that are OK to eat:

    This is in no way a complete list of foods that should be avoided or embraced. Many helpful lists available online differ slightly, which is why speaking with a doctor or dietician is important. Everyone's elimination diet will work differently, as will the reintroduction period.

    6. Here are some recipes for low-FODMAP meals and snack ideas based on the suggestions from Stanford University:

    Mini Southwestern Frittatas

    Rolled Oats with Bananas, Blueberries, Coconut, Pomegranate, and Almond Butter

    Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta (gluten-free, dairy-free)

    Soft Gluten-Free Tapioca Wraps (filled with turkey, basil, and hummus)

    Strawberry-Chicken Salad With Mixed Greens

    7. Gluten-Free Ham (or anything!) Sandwich

    Strawberry Flax Morning Smoothie

    Quesadillas Blancas Con Salsa Verde

    Red Roasted Asian Beef Stew

    Banana and Blueberry Waffles