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FODMAPs; What Are They?
Gluten-Free Foods for Athletes
A Note from Lauren...
Nutrition Energy
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Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, CDN
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Issue: #70 August 2016
FODMAPs; What Are They and Why Do You Need to Know?

Have you ever heard the term, FODMAPs?
If not, don't worry, you're not alone...and we will explain.
FODMAPs is an acronym for several types of short chain carbohydrates which are poorly absorbed by the intestine of some individuals, which leads to water being pulled in to the intestines, rapid fermentation of these carbohydrates, and results gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and pain. Individuals with chronic gastrointestinal distress, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may want to investigate their individual reactions to these carbohydrates.
So what exactly does FODMAP stand for?
F - Fermented
O - Oligosaccharides (fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides -or GOS)
D - Disaccharides (lactose, milk sugar)
M - Monosaccharides (excess fructose)
A - and
P - Polysaccharides (sugar alcohols such as mannitol and sorbitol)
Phew! While we won't quiz you on all of those fancy words, what you may want to remember is that these FODMAP foods cross over many food groups and are often found in foods we generally consider "healthy".
Fructans and GOS
dried fruit, nectarines, persimmons, watermelon, artichoke, garlic, onion, wheat, barley, rye, legumes, pistachios, and cashews
dairy products includingmilk, custard, ice cream, yogurt, milk
powder, ricotta cheese, and cottage cheese
apples, boysenberry, figs, mango, pears, watermelon, asparagus, artichoke, sugar snap peas, anything with High Fructose Corn
Syrup, Honey, and Agave
apples, apricots, blackberries, nectaries, peaches, pears,
cauliflower, mushrooms, and sugar alcohol additives (Isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, maltitol)
So for individuals who are sensitive to these FODMAP foods, the more FODMAP foods you eat, the more water is drawn into the intestines making them swell. The bacteria in your gut then ferment the FODMAPs creating gas and inflammation. If you have a sensitive GI Tract, this will trigger the nerves in your lower GI system to send pain signals to your brain. You may also experience gas, bloating, and changes in your bowel movements.
If you experience these signs and symptoms, it would be best to review your current eating patterns and intake, and eliminate all FODMAP foods for 6-8 weeks. Reviewing this with a knowledgeable Registered Dietitian can help you with this elimination diet and then help you pinpoint which foods might be triggering these symptoms, and which foods you can bring back into your diet after the initial 6-8 weeks. The Dietitians at Nutrition Energy have been working with clients with the FODMAP diet with great success, and would be happy to work with you to establish a meal plan that is low-FODMAP and will help you both reduce your GI symptoms and meet your nutrition needs.
Here is a recipe that is considered a Low-FODMAP meal from Kata Scarlata, RD blog:
Baked Shrimp Scampi (low FODMAP version)

Ingredients - serves 4  
  • 1 pound frozen deveined and peeled raw jumbo shrimp (21-25 per pound)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest (if you don't own a zester, just use a cheese grater to get the zest)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 egg yolk
  • dash of crushed red pepper, if you like it
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (FODMAP-er use suitable brand, like PaneRiso rice bread crumbs)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In medium casserole dish, add shrimp
  3. Cover with 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic infused oil (save the rest for later), lemon juice and zest.
  4. Add a dash of salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil, butter, parsley, rosemary, egg yolk, crushed red pepper, bread crumbs and a dash of salt and pepper until creamy.
  6. Spread this mixture over shrimp.
  7. Bake shrimp for about 30 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through and bread crumb topping taste.
Gluten-Free Foods for Athletes

While we are on the topic of GI health and IBD, we might as well touch on Gluten Free diets as well.
If you're an athlete, you might wonder which sports products are "safe" for you to consume before, during and after your sport. GF athletes come to us knowing they need to stay well fueled, but often not knowing which products will fuel them without sending them into a GI nightmare. We have compiled a short list of some of our favorite gluten-free sports products that our runners/marathoner and Triathlete's often enjoy during the training season.
List of Gluten Free Sports Nutrition Products
Organic Fruit and Nut Bars
The Paleo
Diet Bar
Rise Almond Honey Protein Bar
Lara Bars
Rx Bars
Organic Trail Mix Bars, offer GF flavors
Epic Bars
Honey Stinger-Gluten Free
Waffles (3 flavors)
Fat (g)
CHO (g)
Sugar (g)
Protein (g)
Quick Facts:
Made with organic dates, cashews, and
almonds, and sea salt
Made with nuts, seeds, hemp
protein and juices. Bar = dairy-free. Not vegan
Made with 3-5
ingredients; almonds, honey, whey
protein. Not vegan, Not dairy-free
Made with 4 ingredients, clearly
stated on front of
label. Egg whites, nuts, dates. +Dairy-free. Not vegan.
Chocolate Almond sea salt is a favorite of ours at
Nutrition Energy.
+ Vegan
Made with bison/beef/bacon + fruit + nuts. All are GF and DF. Obviously Not Vegan.
Look for packages labeled
Gluten Free (3 flavors available) +VeganNot dairy free, Not soy free
When to eat them!
Anytime snack
Post workout recovery or mid-afternoon snack
Post workout recovery or mid-afternoon snack
Pre-exercise, on the bike or hike
Pre-workout snack or during long bike rides
Anytime snack, during a hike or epic ride
Great for an afternoon snack or as part of a post workout snack
Great for on the bike, hike or long run.

If you like any GF Sports products that aren't on this list, let us know by  posting on our Nutrition Energy Facebook page or tweet us @nutritionenergy, and we'll spread the word!

A Note from Lauren...

Just remember, Labor Day is just around the corner, and many schedules change as we shift back to fall - for both individuals and families.  A s a mom of three, I understand how much our schedules and lives are about to change with getting kids up and out to school, to and from after-school activities, packing lunches, making dinner and doing homework.  It's so easy to set aside your own nutrition goals just to keep everything else running smoothly --but we are here to help keep you focused and on track!  Also -  stay tuned for more fall/back to school tips and recipes for lunches and dinner in next month's newsletter!

Lauren Antonucci, Director
Nutrition Energy