Have you heard about the new Monash University Low FODMA Diet App? If not, I urge you to check it out. Now that Christmas is over and the New Year has begun, I have had a bit of time to explore and thought you might like to have a preview.
I have often mentioned the Monash University booklet, The Low FODMAP Diet. It is an invaluable resource for anyone eating low FODMAP. It is also reliable; after all, Monash is where the low FODMAP diet was developed. If you’re the sort of person who likes a real book in their hands, you can get yourself a copy of the The low FODMAP diet here. I have also written a review of the booklet here (the current edition has updated food lists since I wrote about it).
If you like to have your low FODMAP resource on hand, then this App is for you. It is divided into five sections. The first is “About” and is essentially the same as The Low FODMAP Diet booklet, including the new information for vegetarians.
Next up is the Food Guide. It covers 8 food categories, each with a list of specific foods that have been give a “traffic light” rating according to its FODMAP content. One of the features of this traffic light system is that you can set your own personal sensitivity for particular foods, for example, if you don’t have a problem with lactose you can adjust the filtering accordingly.
The third section contains recipes and meals suggestions. Some of these are very simple, such as adding some oats to cornflakes for breakfast to increase the fibre, and others are delicious looking dishes to enjoy as a main meal or sweet treat. Each has a photo and many have some extra hints.
There is a shopping list section which you can add to from the Food Guide or Recipes. The final section of the App is the 1 week FODMAP Challenge. The challenge is designed to help you record your dietary intake and monitor your symptoms. Each day you complete a journal of your symptoms which are then graphed at the end of the week. You can then share these results with your health professional or even with Monash University via social media.
At the moment this App is only available for iPhone or iPad, but the android version is on its way. The App will be updated every 12 months and profits will fund further research in the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University. To hear more about the App straight from the Monash researchers, take a look at this video:
If you’re now keen to get the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet App for yourself, head over to the App Store.