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.
It would be nice if this app incorporated barcode scanning like Sift and Shopwell to make finding foods easier.
Jan 13, 2021
When I started the Low Fodmap diet I decided there was no way I would pay money for this. After running into problems multiple times with websites contradicting each other and free apps offering little to no help, I decided I’d give it a go. It’s helped so much honestly. 100% recommend
Jan 18, 2021
The way to get the diary portion of this app is to email it to yourself, there’s no way to airdrop it or anything like that. If you’re using a third party email client as your default email it won’t work, it only works with Apple’s default Mail app. If you don’t have that set up it won’t tell you there’s an error and it’s confusing. Please update app to support other ways of sharing diary, and support 3rd party email apps.
Jan 10, 2021
I did not find this app helpful. It would have been great to have a lot more specific brands listed... Fody is a no brainer. Thought it might even suggest meals at restaurants. The recipes were okay. But I’m still doing guesswork for condiments like hot sauce? If you already know the basic foods on the low fodmap spectrum then I would not recommend this app. I suppose it could be good if you want it to use as a ‘journal’
Jan 22, 2021
I find the food guide robust enough that I can find the answers I need in most cases. Considering the guide is the result of testing each food, it’s pretty impressive. The diary is extensive enough that I can track everything fairly easily. Yes, it would be nice if the food diary wasn’t just plain text-entry, but creating a large database of all possible foods is probably beyond the scope of the developers’ intent. A feature I would find helpful is a place to track what week/step one is in for each of the phases. If this exists, I haven’t stumbled across it yet.
Jan 01, 2021