Choosing the best, low fodmap, chocolate

Low Fodmap for Life

I am a chocolate lover and I am guessing that 99% of you are as well…

There was a time when I thought I was intolerant of chocolate and I was absolutely devastated. As it turned out I was intolerant of the erythritol in the “healthy” chocolate that I was choosing to indulge in!

Over the past year I have been passionate about making my own chocolate, but lately I have been buying it, and I thought you might like my tips for choosing the best, low fodmap chocolate.   Continue reading

Why you need to avoid Natvia & Truvia

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Natvia (and Truvia in the US) is a sugar free blend of stevia and erythritol and you may have noticed that they are starting to become very popular in the supermarket as a sugar replacement and also as an ingredient in many processed food items such as muesli bars, jams and chocolate. Personally, I don’t have anything against Natvia, I think it is a great sugar alternative for the general public. However for those of us who suffer from IBS it MUST BE AVOIDED! And this is why… Continue reading

Is Rice Malt Syrup a Fodmap?

Low Fodmap For LifeWhen following the low fodmap diet one of the biggest challenges I have faced is finding out about the best sugar alternatives for baking and general use. I have posted before about the toxic effects that erythritol has on the digestion of an IBS sufferer and I have also shared some of my favourite sweet treats here and here.

After research and personal trial and error I can announce that the winner of the best fodmap friendly sweetener is: Continue reading

Is Chocolate a FODMAP?

Low Fodmap For LifeEarly this year I found I experienced a return of some IBS symptoms, and when this happens it usually sets off a series of alarm bells and I then take a review of what I have been eating. I am not always very scientific with how I go about this as, like everyone, I am busy and try to take shortcuts. As you may expect, taking shortcuts doesn’t always get you where you need to be! Continue reading

Is erythritol a Fodmap?

Low Fodmap for LifeLike many people these days I am consciously trying to cut back my sugar consumption, for both health and vanity!

My health reasons are simple –  I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I also had Gestational Diabetes with both my pregnancies, both of which give a higher risk factor for developing Type 2 Diabetes than the average person. Cutting out sugar is one of the best ways to win the battle against that disease! Continue reading