Researchers at Monash University have developed the low FODMAP diet and a corresponding app to assist in the management of gastrointestinal symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The Monash University FODMAP diet works by swapping foods high in fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs), with low FODMAP alternatives. Around 75% of people with IBS experience symptom relief on a low FODMAP diet.
The app comes directly from the research team at Monash and includes the following:
- General information about the FODMAP diet and IBS.
- Easy to understand tutorials to guide you through the app and the 3-Step FODMAP diet.
- A Food Guide detailing the FODMAP content for hundreds of foods using a simple 'traffic light system'.
- A list of branded products that have been certified by Monash as low FODMAP.
- A collection of over 70 nutritious, low FODMAP recipes.
- Functions that allow you to create your own shopping list and add notes to individual foods
- A Diary that enables you to record food eaten, IBS symptoms, bowel habits and stress levels. The Diary will also guide you through step 2 of the diet - FODMAP reintroduction.
- The ability to adjust units of measurement (metric or imperial) and activate colour blindness assistance.
Bug fixes and fixed app crashes that were occurring due to migration.
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing app - life changing information
This app provides guidance around what foods and quantities are ‘safe’ for people with gastrointestinal issues such as IBS or even just pain. I have now been using this app for over a year. I it initial it can take time to adjust your diet and understand what is safe. Once you get a grasp of it the app is invaluable. I use it when cooking, grocery shopping and to advise others. I have gone from being in constant pain with a low quality of life to being active, running 6 kms and returning to work. I could not have achieved any of this without the support this app provides.
The app is constantly updated with results from new tests. There are even recipes you can try.
So beware this app can be life changing. I highly recommend purchasing the app and giving it a go. It is worth every cent you pay and more! I hope you get a result as amazing as mine!
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review! We're so glad to hear how your quality of life has improved with the help of our app and we really appreciate your support. Wishing you all the best on your FODMAP journey! Kind regards, The Monash FODMAP Team.
Detailed but confusing
The traffic light system is a helpful basic guide, but it’s not explained well and can therefore be misleading. For example, it says for green light foods you can eat multiple servings at a time. However, for many green light foods (for instance, Brussel sprouts) the serving size is small (2 sprouts) and the additional information states that a serve of 4 sprouts contains high FODMAPs - so two servings of this green light food should be avoided. It also doesn’t explain if these are daily serving sizes similar to RDA (eg. 2 sprouts per day) or serving sizes per meal (eg. 2 sprouts per meal).
Also, ‘toast with peanut butter” is not really a recipe guys ;) The breakfast recipes are pretty disappointing like that.
Otherwise, very detailed and helpful. Thanks.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thank you for your detailed feedback. Sorry you are finding the guide to be misleading with certain foods, we will take this on board for our next big update. All serving sizes given in the app are per meal - not per day.
We are currently working on a range of improvements to the app, including expanding the recipe section. In the mean time, you can find many more recipe ideas on our blog here: https://www.monashfodmap.com/blog/
The traffic light system is great. It's much more detailed than I was expecting and I use it all the time. But the recipe section is terrible. Some recipes are incomplete e.g unfinished sentences and ingredients missing. There aren't many recipes and some of them are so basic that they shouldn't be classed as recipes e.g. toast and margarine. I assumed that new recipes would get added all the time but that hasn't happened. You can find a better range of low FODMAP recipes on the internet. I don't use the diary function at all because I don't want to be limited to the recipes on the app. Also, It would be great to see review ratings of each recipe by other users so you know whether a recipe has turned out ok for others before trying it.
- Monash University
- 210.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, German
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2012 Monash University
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.