If you haven’t heard of “FODMAPs” you probably will soon. Based on numbers alone, low-
FODMAP foods may eclipse the multi-billion- dollar “gluten-free” category.
FODMAPs are carbohydrates that can be harder to digest for some individuals with so-called functional gastrointestinal disorders. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. FODMAPs are all poorly-digested short-chain carbohydrates that are present in a wide variety of foods, including wheat, onions, garlic, legumes, milk, honey, apples, dried fruit, some sugar substitutes and added fibers.
For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), foods containing these poorly-digested short- chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) may cause stomach aches, abdominal distension, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. According the American College of Gastroenterology, IBS is one of the most common GI disorders, accounting for 40 percent of all appointments with gastroenterologists.
Some studies show that up to 75 percent of those who have IBS-like symptoms can benefit
from following a low-FODMAP diet. A low-FODMAP diet is so effective at managing IBS that it is often recommended by gastroenterologists in lieu of costly prescription medications that come with side effects.
The number of people with IBS — around 45 million in the U.S. alone— is about 15 times
greater than the estimated three million who have Celiac Disease, which requires avoidance of gluten to manage symptoms. Over the past decade, gluten-free food sales have skyrocketed – from just under one billion dollars in 2006, to a projected seven billion dollars by 2020.
Since a low-FODMAP diet is often the recommended first line of treatment for IBS, the low- FODMAP category is well poised to become even larger than the gluten-free market. While the low-FODMAP foods category has just emerged in the past few years, there are many national brands available, including Rachel Pauls Foods, with many more expected to enter the market in the near future.
There are several healthy habits you can establish to help treat your IBS symptoms. According to Rachel Pauls, M.D., founder of Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Food, a more holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, behavior modification, stress reduction and natural therapies often provides the most long-lasting benefits for those with IBS.
Dr. Pauls recommends talking to your doctor about these seven healthy strategies to see if they are right for you:
For more information, check out www.rachelpaulsfoods.com.
Since 1986, Lifeway has been leading the industry by producing the best tasting, most innovative probiotic products on the market. From kefir to skyr, probiotic pills to no-spill pouches for kids, Lifeway is dedicated to making the world a healthier place, one person at a time.
Lifeway Foods has a new non-dairy, all-organic probiotic sparkling beverage: Elixir. Available in four on-trend flavors: tangerine, hibiscus, elderberry, ginger. Lifeway Elixir is perfect as a grab-and-go soda alternative for consumers seeking lower-sugar refreshment, a probiotic option for those who don’t do dairy, or a healthy cocktail mixer.
Organic Plantiful is a plant-based drink that is 100% dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free! It’s a naturally delicious blend made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. With creative flavors and 10 vegan probiotic cultures, Plantiful leaves your gut nourished and loved!
Skyr is an ancient superfood that has been a staple in Icelandic cuisine for centuries and ours continues the tradition with 14 probiotic cultures and 18g of protein per cup. Lifeway Skyr is made with whole milk, which gives it an indulgent flavor, creamy texture, and those coveted healthy fats.
“In addition to a growing appetite for healthier foods, people are paying closer attention to how their purchases impact the environment,” said Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods. “Lifeway has always been committed to green business practices and environmental sustainability, so we felt that choosing a greener packaging alternative was the natural next step. We want customers to recognize that everything, from the ingredients we use to the packaging of our kefir, is good for our customers and the environment.”
Lifeway’s bottles are all 100% recyclable and BPA-free, and the company uses biodegradable plastics when possible, including cups, spoons, straws and napkins that are made from 100% recycled, unbleached paper. The company frequently reviews its sustainability efforts with a goal of minimizing its environmental impact and purchases renewable energy credits to offset electricity used in production.
Non Fat Kefir
Farmer Cheese Cup
Frozen Kefir Pints
Find out more about Lifeway’s healthful and delicious kefir products at www.lifewaykefir.com. You can also find Lifeway’s products at Albertson’s, Costco, Hannaford, Harris Teeter, Ralph’s Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Mariano’s, Safeway, Shaw’s, ShopRite Sprouts, Stop and Shop, Target, The Fresh Market, Walmart Wegmans, Whole Foods, and more…
Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.
TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.
Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.
Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.
TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium. Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.
Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide. Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.
About Absolutely Gluten Free:
Gluten free and delicious don’t always go hand in hand, and when Absolutely Gluten Free develops their products they always say to ourselves, why do they have to choose one or the other? At Absolutely Gluten Free they make delicious items that happen to be gluten free. With that in mind, they try a lot of gluten free products, and not every item they test is a hit. How do they know we get them right? When they gave them to friends and family the question they got most often was “are you sure this is Gluten free??” The answer? …ABSOLUTELY!
Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? Explore Cuisine is known for its protein-packed plant pastas that are high in fiber, naturally gluten free, simple to prepare, organic, and delicious.
Italian Signature Selection: Made from organic lentils and chickpeas, these pastas are high in protein and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes your family will be enjoying fresh pastas made in Italy. Varieties include Red Lentil Penne, Green Lentil Penne, Chickpea Fusilli, Green Lentil Lasagne, and more!
At Explore Cuisine they search the globe to find organic, plant based foods that allow you to create delicious meals that your family and friends will love and gives them the goodness they deserve.
They select the finest organic ingredients from beans, lentils, rice and peas to provide you with more plant based protein and fiber than traditional pasta while being naturally gluten free and simple to prepare. Ideal for lovers of pasta looking for a more nutritious alternative and for anyone seeking to reduce meat in their diet and replace with plant based protein.
NEW YORK –Tío Gazpacho,
award-winning maker of chilled, ready-to-drink vegetable soups, has expanded distribution and is now available throughout the Tri-State area. New retailers include Fairway Markets, Mrs. Greens Natural Markets and additional Whole Foods Markets.