Friday, 22 January 2016

Five things we love about the Monash University Low FODMAP app

By Shirley Webber (Research Dietitian)

As someone struggling with lactose and fructose malabsorption I have been making use of the Monash University low FODMAP booklets and app for many years. I’ve enjoyed many different aspects of the app but my top 5 favourites would have to be:

1.       The guide section 
I am forever scrolling around in this section of the app, especially when I’m at the shops thinking of what new food I should include in my recipes. The comprehensive guide lists all the foods that have been tested for FODMAP levels with recommended serving sizes to ensure serves are low in FODMAPs. This means that I can know when trialling a new recipe or preparing foods for friends that I should stick within these serves to avoid triggering any symptoms.
Another helpful thing about the app is when I'm travelling in countries where I do not speak the language, I show the restaurant staff a picture of foods I tend to avoid and signal that it is not good for me. That way, I've been able to avoid symptoms while travelling.

2.       The shopping list function 
If I don’t make a list I inevitably end up leaving without getting the main things I actually went to the shops to get. Therefore, I absolutely need a shopping list! I enjoy browsing through recipe books and adding ingredients to my shopping list as I go. By adding these foods to my shopping list I know I absolutely have to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

3.       The Diary 
I have recently become very ill and had no idea what the cause was that aggravated my IBS symptoms. I decided that I would keep track of what I was eating as well as the symptoms I was having until my symptoms resolved. During this time, I found the diary section very helpful to keep track of my diet and symptoms. Having this function handy on my phone meant that my diet history was accurate and I could get the most out of analysing my diet and symptoms. It is also very easy to print the results out and share these with your dietitian.

4.       Flags 
There are now flags added to the app to highlight the countries where foods have been sourced from and tested for FODMAP levels. This helps those of you who do not live in Australia to know which foods we have found to have varying FODMAP levels, and also for those who are travelling in the countries where we've tested foods. You can now look out for some of these other tested foods on your travels and avoid IBS symptoms while away from home. Stay tuned for more flags being added to the app.

5.       Filters! 
Filters are my best friend on this app. I absolutely love that I can filter the level of my intolerance as well as the particular FODMAPs that I have issues with to have them greyed out and help me with selecting ingredients for my meals.

These are a few of my favourite things, but stay tuned for some very exciting changes being made to the app which will be introduced in the next update. 



  1. It would be exciting if I could get it for my android tablet. Is this likely to happen?

  2. My daughter also has lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption , what other resources can we use to get information and recioes! Thank you.