So either you’ve seen FODMAP and thought it was another made-up diet acronym, or you’re one of us who are in the know and are dying to see how it’s possible to still eat out without spending the afternoon hunched over with a grumbling stomach…
To get everyone on the same page, FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols. Well that’s a mouthful and let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to just remember FODMAPs. This is a group of sugars that, for the growing group of us suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), have problems absorbing in our guts causing flatulence, bloating, stomach discomfort, constipation and/or diarrhoea (all that fun stuff…). While gluten or dairy often get the blame for “making me feel very round in the stomach region”, more often than not IBS could be the culprit. The difference here is that while Coeliac sufferers cannot digest gluten (the protein in Wheat), IBS sufferers have problems digesting Fructans (the sugar in Wheat).
Thankfully, enduring a diet free from FODMAPs, which I won’t lie can be a struggle at times, will leave those affected feeling a whole lot better about wearing high-waisted jeans and not having to stress about where the next toilet will be. If you have been diagnosed with IBS, or think this sounds a little like what you experience day-to-day, I recommend checking in with your local Dietitian to help get to the bottom of it (no pun intended). Luckily for most, you may not be sensitive to all foods covered under the FODMAPs groupings, and it’s more about the amounts you have across the day. Going through the FODMAP challenge with a qualified Dietitian will help you identify which foods are the culprit, and which ones you can still enjoy.
Now to cut to the chase for those who are burning to know where to pick up a breakfast without the suffering attached… Check out my top picks below. Unfortunately, you have to cut your loses somewhere, so unless you’ve got no plans and you’re happy to forgo the aftermath, nom nom’s like pancakes are out. Sorry team…
Note: As previously mentioned, you might not be sensitive to all foods under the FODMAP categories, so you may be able to enjoy the sweet extra’s when they come your way.
- Billykart Café, Annerly
Pick up the Poached or Scrambled Eggs on Grilled GF Sprouted Bread with a side of haloumi. Haloumi makes everything better… plus at just two slices it’s considered FODMAP friendly.
- Slacks Track Café, Mt Gravatt
Try out the Serrano Jamon, Poached Eggs & GF Bread (Tomato & Capsicum Relish on the side please…). Something a little fancier than your average bacon and eggs, yet still a crowd pleaser.
- Fuel & Co, Nundah
One Bruschetta on GF Bread please! With Tomatoes getting the all mighty FODMAP friendly tick, why not branch out and try the Bruschetta – Fresh Herbs & Diced Roma Tomatoes served with Grilled Haloumi on Sourdough GF Bread. You will also need to make mention to hold the red onion as well (hiding in the Tomato Mix).
- Nantucket Café, Indooroopilly
The old trusty Eggs your way with slow cooked tomato, toasted ciabatta GF toast and double smoked bacon will give you your breakfast fix, while not crushing your dreams of shopping afterwards thanks to a sore tummy.
- Sisco Café, Spring Hill
Why not just Build your own? Win, win situation – you get everything you want to make the perfect combination. You can pick from Free Range Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Roast Tomato, Haloumi, and Rocket all on GF Toast.
You’ll notice there is a common theme amongst all the breakfast options – Eggs on GF Toast and add what you like in terms of a side. It’s usually the best option so you can definitely avoid those FODMAP not-so-friendly foods like garlic (usually hidden in sauces!). While they may not be gastronomical break-through breakfasts, you can still go out and enjoy the ease of being waited on and not cleaning up!
FODMAP follower? Let us know below what you’re favourite go-to place is when eating out that will avoid you the stomach ache…
You can catch more of Stephanie’s musing on health and food and insights from her life as an Accredited Practising Dietitian over on her blog Gourmet Gypsy. If you have a burning question to ask Stephanie, leave a comment below!