Online course aims to increase awareness about FODMAPs

As we all know, eating the right foods and finding the perfect diet to reduce IBS symptoms is easier said than done. For most people, it can be stressful to create that “perfect” meal plan. 

That’s one of the reasons why experts at Monash University created an online course on the FODMAP diet. FODMAP, which stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols, are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Foods that contain high amounts of FODMAPs can significantly increase IBS symptoms, such as cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Since Monash University introduced the concept of FODMAPs in 2005, many healthcare practitioners now advocate that people with IBS follow a low-FODMAP diet.

The low FODMAP diet course covers the importance of getting an accurate IBS diagnosis, understanding “FODMAP,” and identifying what foods to avoid. Other topics discussed in the online program include finding out if one is sensitive to high-FODMAP foods, how to implement a three-step FODMAP diet, and what to do if IBS symptoms don’t improve.

Video case studies, flash cards, sorting activities, charts, and infographics create an interactive experience and at the end of the course, an exam is given. 

Those who sign up for the online platform also have the opportunity to interact with some of the experts who established the FODMAP research. Another benefit to registeoring? People can do the program at their own pace over 12 months and in the comfort of their own home.

The Low FODMAP Diet course costs $99, which includes access to the lectures, handouts, and videos.  A private Facebook group for students is also offered.  As new foods are added and others are re-tested, updates will be made to the program. If users don’t have a Facebook account, they can send questions via email. In order to purchase the course, students can use a credit card or PayPal. For more information on the course click here.