Month: March 2018

The Low-FODMAP Diet

The Low-FODMAP Diet

If you suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), you might have heard about the Low-FODMAP Diet.
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are poorly absorbed complex and simple sugars found in certain foods.
It is thought that these sugars ferment in the gut and cause IBS symptoms like bloating.

The Low-FODMAP Diet is a elimination diet to avoid those foods that cause the problems for the patients.

These foods can be vegetables like onions, brassica, garlic or pulses, fruits like apples, pears or stone fruits, wheat and other cereals and dairy products that contain lactose.

Even though research indicates that this diet helps with IBS, it is not a diet for everybody. It can be very restrictive and you should always be monitored by your GP to make sure you don’t miss out on important nutrients.

So the Low-FODMAP Diet might help with IBS, but it certainly is not a weight loss plan for everybody.

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

Do you like seafood as well as veggies, legumes, fruits, nuts seeds, olive oil, herbs, spices and from time to time a good glass of red wine?

Then the Mediterranean Diet should be just right for you.

It is based on the principles the diets of the Spanish, French and Italians share. You can eat as much as you want of the above mentioned foods, eat poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation and keep red meat and sweets for special occasions.

A big part of this Mediterranean Diet is being physically active.

As the people living around the Mediterranean Sea are known for being healthy and having a long life, this Mediterranean Diet is meant to keep you healthy. This includes heart and brain health, cancer prevention and diabetes prevention and control.

Basically the Mediterranean Diet is not quite a diet but more of a lifestyle that includes healthy food as well as physical activity.

You might not lose weight rapidly but certainly discover the health benefits of a healthier choice of foods and being physically more active.

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