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What's Up With Your Gut?
What's Up With Your Gut?

Some tummy troubles have a simple cause (dairy or dehydration, for instance). But you may not be aware of these other could-be culprits.

Kate RockWood

FODMAPs

Say what now? The acronym stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols. “They’re basically carbs that get fermented by gut bacteria and, for some people, cause digestive symptoms like bloating and gas,” says Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, a nutritionist at the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Cutting out FODMAPs might ease your gastro-distress, but it’s worth talking to a nutritionist first, as the carbs are found all over the food pyramid: in dairy, wheat, lentils, onions, some fruits, honey, and more.

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September 2018