Could FODMAP be responsible for some “Gluten Intolerance”?

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These so-called short-chain carbohydrates, known as FODMAPs ­(Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Mo­no­saccharides And Polyols), are difficult for the gut to absorb. Bacteria make them ferment, which is what gives you the bloated feeling and pain, although not the long-term damage linked to coeliac disease.

There are many kinds of FODMAP in many different foods and they disagree with some people more than others. Fructans are in wheat and rye bread but also in garlic and onions. There is excess fructose in pears and honey and sugar polyols in stone fruits and some artificial sweeteners. Another FODMAP is lactose in milk.

The bad news is that if you are sensitive to the FODMAP in wheat-based bread and pasta rather than the gluten, you still need to avoid the wheat-based bread and pasta to relieve your symptoms.

4 Responses to “Could FODMAP be responsible for some “Gluten Intolerance”?”

  1. Andy Says:

    I wonder why the FODMAP acronym has a D in it? It should be FOMAP or FOMP.

  2. Jack Norris RD Says:


    The “D” is for disaccharides.

  3. Nadine Says:

    My husband has this – well fructose malabsorption. It’s been 6 months since it was diagnosed and following the prescribed diet of limiting certain foods with high fructose, he’s had 100% improvement. He can eat some FODMAPS but has to be careful with the amounts otherwise the symptoms come back. There’s a breath test that can diagnose it or the elimination diet is also used. It’s still easy to be vegan though as he can luckily eat beans. Some people with FODMAP sensitivity cannot eat legumes without painful symptoms.

  4. Ayla Says:

    Good news though is that seitan would be back in the game 😉

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