Tips for Low-FODMAP & IBS-Friendly Super Bowl Dishes

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

Insoluble fiber
Alcohol
Gluten (Many people with IBS are gluten-intolerant)
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Dairy
Chocolate
Beans & Legumes
Garlic and onions
Fried foods

What You May Enjoy Eating Instead 

Vegetables that are not cruciferous
Sweet and sour meatballs
Low-FODMAP buffalo wings
Homemade potato bites
Turkey burgers
Low-FODMAP hummus
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:

 

We hope these tips help you to enjoy upcoming sporting events and other gatherings throughout the year.   Happy Super-Bowling!