FODMAP Friendly vs FODMAP Free?

Posted on September 06, 2015

One of the most common questions we receive from those embarking on a low FODMAP approach to dealing with IBS type symptoms, surrounds the clarification between FODMAP Friendly and FODMAP free. We thought it would be a good idea to provide a comprehensive answer to make things a little clearer for all!

The research into FODMAPs shows that there are four main classes of short chain carbohydrates which can exacerbate IBS type symptoms, when ingested in large quantities. These are Oligo, Di, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. The current evidence shows that these sugars are problematic in large doses, meaning a threshold has to be reached, in order to elicit a digestive reaction. This means that these particular FODMAP sugars are best kept to a minimum in the diet, but do not need to be completely avoided – therefore foods need to be FODMAP Friendly, and not necessarily FODMAP free.

This criteria is the basis for all our Certified logo-bearing products and the accredited testing we approve, and is why you may see trace amounts of certain sugars within these products, as they are under the threshold of what a known high FODMAP content, meaning low enough to not cause a digestive disturbance.

It is important to note that as is the case for many health issues, individual variances may occur, and alongside working with a health professional, you should always use your own body’s reaction to FODMAP containing foods as an overall guide!

We hope this clears up any confusion about the definition of FODMAP Friendly.


For a full database of tested foods, including individual sugar levels, serving sizes and more, make sure you pick up a copy of our App.

Don’t forget to look for our Certified FODMAP Friendly logo at the shops to continue to eat with confidence!

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