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.
- Spanish version
- Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
This is my first review of any App. The App enables me to understand the scientific background well. However, I find that it would be more useful if the app could update my input e.g. shopping list from one device to another. I spent a long time reviewing the recipes , then making a shopping list on my iPad, thinking it would update automatically on my iPhone and only then realising that was not the case. Other Apps have this facility. Frustratingly I also found that when I scroll down the recipes to find “other” to input my own recipe it wasn’t there...I couldn’t find it. I need to be able to do this so that I can accurately chart my food intake and be able to see the chart results at the end of each week and report to my dietician. it would be very useful in any future development of the App, to have a barcode reader for items bought so I could check the food product with the low FODMAP diet. This is available on another similar App. It is fair to say the traffic light system is easy to follow on the various food categories. Finally from my personal experience ...It would have been so useful if there had been some contact information to assist me in the use of the App.
I don’t do reviews but seeing the poor review from someone saying they wanted more for £7.99 made me laugh. Some people expect everything for nothing. £7.99 doesn’t get you many doughnuts at Krispy Kreme's. Frankly I would forgo ten times that many doughnuts for this research/app which has obviously taken a huge amount of work. My only suggestion is I found it hard to find the food lists. It took a while to realise these don’t show up (just food products instead) until you set your filters. Very well done to everyone involved. Hugely appreciated !
PS annoyingly I hit the one two and then three stars to rate this before I realised you only hit the fifth one to give five stars. Feel really bad about that and I suspect it happens a lot for novice reviewers. So i advise to ignore all the lower ratings 😉
Having been on a low fodmap diet for several years under guidance by my dietician, this is the only app I trust. No, you can’t scan pre packaged foods but it gives you the safe portion sizes where appropriate and you can see at a glance which foods can be eaten more freely. Some foods are high fodmap but when you click on the item for further info some of them are tolerable in small doses so you can add to soups etc. The price is worth it and goes towards helping support further testing of foods which benefits all of us who need to download the app in the first place.
- Monash University
- 211 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, German, Spanish
- 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.