What if it's FODMAP?

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I love vegetables. I think they taste amazing. So it's always a huge bummer when I try my favourite cruciferous goodies - broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts - and get all kinds of health issues and end up cutting them out altogether.

But is it possible that the problem isn't with all cruciferous vegetables, but with certain ones within the group?

I made some aioli today with my favorite mayo and fresh garlic and had it with bacon and ground beef. And it was delicious, mainly thanks to the garlicy taste I love so much - and within fifteen minutes of finishing my plate I was having intense stomach pain. I was curious and googled if garlic could have caused it. And alas, the answer was yes, and the search suggested that garlic caused the problem because it's a high FODMAP food.

From what I knew, FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) was a group of foods that cause people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) bloating and gas and other gut problems. I checked out the list of high FODMAP foods and voila, there they were with garlic, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Not to mention lentils!


I suppose (and fully know) that you can live without ever eating anything from the FODMAP foods ever again. But it doesn't mean I'm not pissed. All my favorites are suddenly on the black list.

And I have no idea how long I have to wait before this freaking stomach pain will pass.