Researchers at Monash University have developed the low FODMAP diet and a corresponding app to assist in the management of gastrointestinal symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The Monash University FODMAP diet works by swapping foods high in fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs), with low FODMAP alternatives. Around 75% of people with IBS experience symptom relief on a low FODMAP diet.
The app comes directly from the research team at Monash and includes the following:
- General information about the FODMAP diet and IBS.
- Easy to understand tutorials to guide you through the app and the 3-Step FODMAP diet.
- A Food Guide detailing the FODMAP content for hundreds of foods using a simple 'traffic light system'.
- A list of branded products that have been certified by Monash as low FODMAP.
- A collection of over 70 nutritious, low FODMAP recipes.
- Functions that allow you to create your own shopping list and add notes to individual foods
- A Diary that enables you to record food eaten, IBS symptoms, bowel habits and stress levels. The Diary will also guide you through step 2 of the diet - FODMAP reintroduction.
- The ability to adjust units of measurement (metric or imperial) and activate colour blindness assistance.
Ratings and Reviews
I feel confident using this app that the information I’m getting is correct knowing it came directly from the place that discovered the information.
Some suggested improvements for user ability:
- have a way to filter by FODMAP
E.g if I went to reintroduce sorbitol give me a way I can search for foods with that FODMAP specifically so I can try them out rather than having to scroll through and click into each food item
- more information on each food intolerance
E.g 60% of people with fructose intolerance also have an intolerance to fructans (made up statistic)
Just to help us figure out which FODMAP to try and reintroduce first or last OR have that suggested somewhere in the app
- favourites is great - also having a button to click to put a certain food in a “bad” pile would be amazing as I’m OCD and love putting things into neat lists
- online support channel - where those of us who have bought the app can connect on a social channel to discuss strategies and ideas and share information we’ve found
- list of FODMAP approved doctors or dietitions. Easy way to streamline the course available on the website and the medical proffessionals who have completed it so it’s easier for us to find.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your kind review and for taking the time to send through your suggestions. I will pass these on to our app developer to consider for future updates. Have you tried our reintroduction feature in the diary? This will give you suggestions on which foods to rechallenge according to different FODMAPs. A facebook group we can suggest joining is 'Low FODMAP Australia' we are also in this group and it's a great supportive community. You'll be happy to know we have a list of dietitians who have completed our course on our website now, you can find this here: https://www.monashfodmap.com/i-am-a-health-professional/fodmap-dietitians-directory/ All the best, Monash FODMAP
Amazing app - life changing information
This app provides guidance around what foods and quantities are ‘safe’ for people with gastrointestinal issues such as IBS or even just pain. I have now been using this app for over a year. I it initial it can take time to adjust your diet and understand what is safe. Once you get a grasp of it the app is invaluable. I use it when cooking, grocery shopping and to advise others. I have gone from being in constant pain with a low quality of life to being active, running 6 kms and returning to work. I could not have achieved any of this without the support this app provides.
The app is constantly updated with results from new tests. There are even recipes you can try.
So beware this app can be life changing. I highly recommend purchasing the app and giving it a go. It is worth every cent you pay and more! I hope you get a result as amazing as mine!
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review! We're so glad to hear how your quality of life has improved with the help of our app and we really appreciate your support. Wishing you all the best on your FODMAP journey! Kind regards, The Monash FODMAP Team.
This app is exactly what I was looking for! I have had IBS for 3yrs now without knowing it was IBS. To fix the issues I’ve tried Paleo diet, Whole Foods Plant-based diet. They sometimes worked sometimes didn’t. I wondered why. I haven’t seen a doctor because I’m living in another country and I didn’t want to. I was doing my research and decided not to follow any extreme diets anymore. Instead, I wanted to find the foods that do not or less trigger my gut issue. I was started writing my food diary to record what I eat and how I feel. Then I found this great app that narrows down the less irritating foods with guidance and so many more information and functions. Easy to use. It’s just perfect and I will keep using the app even after I get off the Low FODMAP diet in a month or so.
Thank you Monash FODMAP team!!
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- Monash University
- 290.1 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires a Mac with Apple M1 chip and macOS 11.0 or later.
English, French, German, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
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