What the FODMAP?

FAQs

WHAT IS IBS?

IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a common digestive condition which affects how the gut moves and functions, causing symptoms like tummy pain, bloating and a change in bowel movements (constipation, diarrhea or a mixture of both).

WHY HAVE I GOT IBS?

We still don’t know what causes IBS but there are a few factors which scientists have identified as playing a role. People with IBS tend to have a very sensitive gut, which means they are more likely to feel pain and discomfort. There’s also evidence that changes in gut bacteria, stress, and previous gut infections may contribute. And about a third of people with IBS have abnormally fast or slow gut motility (movement) which can speed up or slow down bowel movements. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S IBS OR JUST A DODGY TUMMY?

Good question. IBS is a chronic (long-term) condition, whereas a dodgy or upset tummy typically settles after a few days. If you have had a change in your bowel (poo) movements for more than a couple of weeks, we recommend booking an appointment with your doctor.

HOW IS IBS DIAGNOSED?

IBS is diagnosed medically, by a doctor. They will assess your symptoms and most likely run a few simple tests to rule out the possibility of other more serious conditions like coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease, because these share the same symptoms as IBS. It’s really important to get a medical diagnosis, to make sure you have access to the right support and treatment.  

WHAT IS FODMAP?

FODMAP is an acronym (abbreviation) for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are scientific names for a group of sugars which are not easily absorbed in the gut, but can be easily broken down by bacteria in the large intestine.

WHAT DOES FODMAP STAND FOR?

Fermentable describes the process by which bacteria breakdown sugars for energy.

Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols are names for groups of short chain sugars which are found in a variety of foods.

WHAT IS A LOW FODMAP DIET?

A low FODMAP diet is a type of diet which limits foods high in certain carbohydrates (sugars) known as FODMAPs, which can trigger symptoms like pain and bloating in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

You can find out more about FODMAPs and the Low FODMAP Diet on these pages:

What are FODMAPs?
Low FODMAP Diets
FODMAP Help & Resources

WHAT ARE HIGH FODMAP FOODS?

High FODMAP foods are foods which contain high levels of FODMAPs- a group of carbohydrates (sugars) which aren’t easily absorbed by the gut. FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods, including wheat, garlic, onion, milk and some fruits and vegetables. There’s no way to ‘guess’ how many FODMAPs are in a food - instead foods are laboratory tested for FODMAP content by Monash University, and this information is made publically available. Some foods are 'Low FODMAP' at certain portion sizes and 'High FODMAP' in bigger serving sizes.

WHAT NEW PRODUCTS ARE YOU DEVELOPING?

We are currently developing lots of new Low FODMAP, Gluten Free products, including new sauces, gravies and stocks! So keep an eye on our website and social for news and updates on this!

We’d love to hear what products you’d like to see from Bay’s Kitchen, so please let us know by filling out our contact form. You can also sign up to our newsletter below to make sure you’re the first to know!

ARE ALL YOUR FOOD PRODUCTS LOW FODMAP CERTIFIED?

Yes. They are certified by FODMAP Friendly – you can visit their site here to find out more about their certification: http://fodmapfriendly.com/

Our sauces are also Gluten Free certified and Vegan approved!

CAN PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE DIGESTIVE ISSUES EAT BAY’S KITCHEN PRODUCTS?

Yes! Bay’s Kitchen products can be enjoyed by all the family. Even though they don’t contain hard-to-digest ingredients such as garlic and onion, they are suitable for everyone. However, it is not advisable to only eat Low FODMAP products unless you have been advised to do so by a medical professional, as the diet is very restrictive.

ARE THERE ANY ALLERGENS IN BAY’S KITCHEN SAUCES?

All allergen information is provided on the jar label and on the individual product page on the shop on this website. All allergens will be highlighted in Bold.

Our Thai Green Curry contains Soy due to the Gluten Free Soy Sauce used and our Tomato & Basil Sauce contains Sulphites.

Whilst the other sauces don’t contain allergens, they are produced in a kitchen where other allergens such as milk, soy and celery may be present. We make every effort to ensure cross contamination doesn’t occur, however this can’t be guaranteed. The factory we use is nut free, however some ingredients used may have come from factories which handle nuts.

All our products have now been certified as Gluten Free and so are suitable for those with Coeliac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.

CAN PEOPLE NOT ON A LOW FODMAP DIET EAT BAY’S KITCHEN PRODUCTS?

Yes! Bay’s Kitchen products can be enjoyed by all the family. We have really focussed on taste of the products, so everyone can enjoy them together!

However, it is not advisable to ONLY eat Low FODMAP foods unless you have been advised to do so by a medical professional, as the diet is very restrictive. Anyone not on the diet can enjoy our foods, but ensure it is part of their usual balanced diet.

Want to know more?

If you would like to learn more about the Low FODMAP Diet then please click here.

Don’t forget, we sell our Low FODMAP, Gluten Free products on our web shop, and offer great prices for bundles too! You can have a browse by clicking the button below!

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