Monday, 28 August 2017

New research: Enzyme therapy can help reduce symptoms in IBS patients sensitive to galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) present in legumes, soy milk and nuts

By Dr Caroline Tuck and Dr Jane Varney

Our team at Monash University are excited to be able to share with you results from one of our latest studies, recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The results are especially important for vegetarians and vegans following a low FODMAP diet.

The study measured whether an oral enzyme supplement 'alpha-galactosidase' could help people with IBS to better tolerate galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) containing foods.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Winter Warming Fun - Asian Hot Pot!

By Perri Yiu (Dietitian)

Hot pot is a wonderful way to socialise and enjoy a wide variety of food with friends and family (the more people, the more variety of food you can have!).  Hot pot involves setting the table with a variety of raw ingredients and a consistently simmering pot of stock to cook the food in. Once the table is set, everyone can pick what they like and start cooking.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Does caffeine affect IBS symptoms?

By Dr Jane Varney (Research Dietitian)

Caffeine (usually in the form of coffee) is commonly implicated as a trigger of IBS symptoms. But does caffeine really play a role in triggering IBS symptoms and should you adjust your intake?

Friday, 18 August 2017

Classic Bolognaise Sauce (minus the FODMAPs!)

By Trish Veitch (Research Chef)

Bolognaise sauce is a great favourite in many homes and the kids love it too! However, most recipes invariably start off with problematic onions and garlic. This simple, fast and delicious recipe gives you all the flavour of your favourite bolognaise but it is low FODMAP! It’s also very versatile and easy to store for a quick meal or snack (see the tips and serving suggestions below).

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Does fat play a role in the management of IBS?

By Dr Jane Varney and Dr CK Yao
Patients commonly associate the consumption of fatty meals with the onset of IBS symptoms, but are these effects real and is fat restriction necessary to manage IBS symptoms?

Monday, 7 August 2017

Using Non-Traditional Cereals and Grains

By Dr Jane Varney (Research Dietitian) 

You may have found that since starting your low FODMAP diet, many of your favourite grain and cereal foods (pasta, gnocchi, breakfast cereal, bread, biscuits and many snack products) are off limits. These restrictions are due to the high fructan content of grains that commonly form the basis of these foods, namely wheat, rye and barley. While many of these foods have low FODMAP serves, to get all the nutritional benefits of wholegrain foods, you may need to broaden your horizons and try some non-traditional grain and cereal foods, many of which are low in FODMAPs. Low FODMAP grains and cereals to consider include:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Carrot and Pepita Dip

By Trish Veitch (Research Chef)
This simple, delicious and healthy recipe is one the whole family will enjoy! It is versatile as it can be used as a dip with veggies or crackers or a spread on your favourite low FODMAP bread so it’s great for entertaining, snacks, breakfasts or lunch boxes (see tips below for some suggestions!