Millions of people suffer from IBS - following a low-FODMAP diet is effective for nearly 75% of those. Approximately one in seven people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms are difficult to diagnose and treat and until recently, patients had to endure ill health and a poor quality of life with no hope in sight. We now understand that FODMAPs, which are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols, are all carbohydrates that are poorly digested in the intestine, which in turn causes the pain and discomfort of IBS. FODMAPs are found in dairy, wheat, beans, pulses, fruit and some vegetables. Cinzia's objective is to provide you with a tool that will help you attain intestinal wellbeing via a diet that is low in FODMAPs. The first part of her book presents the theory and provides the understanding of why the diet works as well as how you adopt the lifestyle. This includes everything from recommendations for vegetarians to an easy to follow chart which lists all the foods and ingredients that need to be avoided on the diet. She also offers sound advice on reading labels and adapting your favourite recipes.
In the second section of the book, there are 125 recipes and 4 weeks of meal plans that will help you ease into the diet with support and understanding. And the recipes are delicious - just because you are managing IBS does not mean you and your family cannot eat tasty and enticing meals. The 125 recipes are for breakfasts, starters and salads, soups, entrees, sandwiches, sides, snacks and desserts. A typical lunch is Rice and Lentil Salad with Herbs and Tomato, or Pork Fillet and Prosciutto with Spinach, Raisins and Steamed Brown Rice. And dinner is something as easy to prepare as Chicken Fajitas with Tomato and Cucumber Salsa or if you're entertaining, Filet Mignon with a Creamy Paprika Sauce with Greek-Style Roasted Vegetables. And simply by buying the book, you receive a reduced-rate subscription to coaching by Registered Dietitians with IBS experience, a Facebook support group and personalized low-FODMAP meal plans and smart grocery lists.
Cinzia Cuneo, MSc, is the founder of SOS Cuisine, a service that provides practical and personalized solutions to specialised meal plans designed under the supervision of dietitians.