We won't tell you which team to root for, but we can help you tackle low-FODMAP dishes or score points with any guests with IBS at your Super Bowl gathering. Most people with irritable bowel syndrome are able to control their symptoms through a combination of lifestyle changes, over-the-counter treatments, prescribed medications, and following a special diet which involves avoiding certain foods. As you might imagine, gatherings that are not exactly known for healthy fare can present some problems. But these issues are often prevented by sticking to low-FODMAP dishes.
What are FODMAPs?
FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) describe a collection of "short-chain" carbohydrates found in many common foods. When people with IBS consume FODMAPS, they may experience an increased amount of liquid and gas in the intestines, resulting in bloating, abdominal cramping, and painful gas.
Tips for Snacking with IBS - What to Avoid
Gluten (Many people with IBS are gluten-intolerant)
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Beans & Legumes
Garlic and onions
What You May Enjoy Eating Instead
Vegetables that are not cruciferous
Sweet and sour meatballs
Low-FODMAP buffalo wings
Homemade potato bites
Low-lactose cheeses such as brie and camembert
Greek salad wrap
Chicken tenders made with whole grain corn cereal
-and many others. There are low-FODMAP variations of almost every crowd-pleaser. As always, make sure that the ingredients are foods you haven't personally had trouble with in the past.
Also, consider these main-dish recipes from ModifyHealth:
- Maple Mustard Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
- Teriyaki Salmon with Bok Choy & Rice
- Thyme Rosemary Pot Roast
We hope these tips help you to enjoy upcoming sporting events and other gatherings throughout the year. Happy Super-Bowling!