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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that affects between 25 and 45 million Americans. Symptoms can include debilitating abdominal pain and other digestive problems that can seriously impact quality of life. While dietary changes have long been included in strategies to manage symptoms, determining an individual’s specific trigger foods has generally come down to trial and error, and many people have failed to find relief.
Today, mounting evidence suggests that, for many IBS sufferers, symptoms are triggered by a group of carbohydrates known as FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols). But, although up to 86 percent of those suffering with this syndrome may find their symptoms relieved by undertaking a low-FODMAP diet, many people have never even heard of the term.