Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Hi hackers,

FODMAPS are kind of a double-edged sword. Many people say eliminate them and you will feel better and indeed they can cause a lot of GI trouble.

But on the other hand our gut flora needs something to chew on.

So under which circumstances is it actually beneficial to eat prebiotics such as fructans (e.g. onion, artichoke), galactans (green beans) etc.? And when is it important no to ingest them?

Can we formulate a rule for the right amount of FODMAPS in our diet?

Something like "Once SIBO is cured, you may up your FODMAPS intake..." or "When you take probiotics, there is no need for FODMAPS", or "FODMAPS are bad in any case"

Maybe some personal experiences?

  • E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

    asked by

  • Views
  • Last Activity
    1573D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers


on February 01, 2012
at 07:41 PM

It's pretty unlikely you are sensitive to ALL FODMAPS. Just use the list to design an elimination diet and figure out which are bad, then don't eat them and enjoy everything else. Then later when you are feeling great, you could try titrating them back into your diet.



on February 11, 2013
at 01:13 PM


on February 01, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I'd say avoid avoid avoid if you're having GI trouble and can't figure out what's causing it. Just take 'em out and then slowly add back in a new one every 2 or 3 days. So basically you're doing an elimination diet. I took them all out and found that onions and garlic (thank the goddess) don't bother me but I still can't handle Brussels sprouts. Grrr. Love baked Brussels sprouts. Just now learning about probiotics and prebiotics so I'm curious to hear peoples answers as well.

A person (such as myself) may need to go through an elimination type diet with probiotics and healing foods for a time to try and heal their guts. After that there may be a much higher tolerance for FODMAPS. I'm going to do the probiotics this time around and hope that I've licked my sensitivities when I re-emerge on the other side.

A Nice Big FODMAP List: http://www.cassandraforsythe.com/blog/Complete+FODMAP+List+For+a+Happy+Gut



on February 11, 2013
at 10:40 AM

Im just starting this diet today, should I just cook some beef with one serving of 'safe' fodmaps food and work from there?

I want to lower my veg intake anyway because at the moment im eating 6-8 portions per day. I want to eat 1-2 portions per day

Answer Question

Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!