By Shirley Webber, Research Dietitian
You may have noticed that we have re-ordered categories in the Food Guide section and added two new categories: Nutritional Drinks and Snacks, Bars and Cookies. Foods listed in the new, Snacks, Bars and Cookies category were previously listed in the Breads and Cereals category, but we separated these to make it easier to find specific foods.
We are now testing food products sourced from all over the world. Have a look in this section to see if foods from your country have been tested or alternatively, consult this section when you travel to find country specific information about the FODMAP content of local food. Providing users with country specific information about FODMAP food composition is important because of international differences in food supply and in food processing techniques that may affect FODMAP content. Filters in the food guide enable app users to only display foods relevant in their country.
More Detail about Serving Sizes
We are now giving app users more information about the serving size at which green serves of fruit and vegetables become amber serves. This allows users to determine the upper limit serving size that would still be considered low in FODMAPs. Examples of fruit and vegetables with more serving size information include aubergine, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, pineapple, cumquats and green kiwi fruit.
Consistent with our goal to encourage app users to follow a healthy, well balanced diet that is consistent with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, we have updated the guide section with reminders to eat 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day. When you click into a food in the fruit and vegetable categories you will see a reminder that you can eat multiple serves of ‘green’ foods in one sitting and that you should eat at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day.
A dietitian can provide advice on how to incorporate these recommendations into your low FODMAP diet. Our blog also includes many healthy, low FODMAP recipe ideas and the following pages may give you ideas on how to incorporate more fruit and vegetables in your diet: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/ and http://gofor2and5.com.au/.
The Monash FODMAP Team welcomes feedback on your experiences using the app and where possible, we take this into consideration when planning app updates.