The acronym ‘FODMAPs’ is used to describe types of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of some individuals.

Learning objectives

After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the indications and principles of a low FODMAP diet
  • Discuss the benefits and risks associated with a low FODMAP diet
  • Identify additional resources a pharmacist can recommend to a patient wanting to follow a low FODMAP diet.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.3, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.2.5, 3.6.1.

Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 2.3.2, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.3.3, 7.1.1, 7.1.4.

Case scenario

Kylie, a young mother, comes into the pharmacy quite distressed. She has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by her doctor. Kylie asks if she can get some advice from you, the pharmacist.

She feels she has been doing all the right things to keep herself healthy by eating lots of fresh fruit such as apples, mangoes and pears, as well as dairy foods including milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt.

Kylie has heard about the FODMAP diet and is wondering if this might help her symptoms.

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