Managing irritable bowel syndrome: The low-FODMAP diet

Cleve Clin J Med. 2016 Sep;83(9):655-62. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.83a.14159.


A diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPs) has been found to significantly reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The diet is best implemented in two phases: initial strict elimination of foods high in FODMAPs, then gradual reintroduction based on symptoms. Further study of this diet's effect on intestinal microbiota is needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet, Carbohydrate-Restricted / methods*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome* / diet therapy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome* / physiopathology
  • Probiotics / pharmacology*