“Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPs” by Lee Martin, MSc, RD

This review was originally published on Nutrition411.com.

About the Book fodmapcover_resized
The book,  Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPs: A self-help guide to the entire reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet, guides readers through the tricky re-introduction phase of the low FODMAP diet. The author, Lee Martin, MSc, RD, writes from a perspective of having completed the diet himself as well as researched the low
FODMAP diet extensively at King’s College London. The book is divided into two sections, the first being the re-challenging phase to determine which FODMAP-containing foods and in which quantities are likely to trigger symptoms, and the second being the reintroduction phase to work tolerated FODMAP foods back into the usual diet. Charts, tables, and flow charts that describe the process and FODMAPs found in foods are included to enhance the narrative.

Dietitian’s Review 
While the low FODMAP diet is relatively new, it is gaining traction and renown as a method to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, due to the youthful nature of this diet, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the diet and just how to go about it. While eliminating FODMAPs from the diet is straightforward (albeit difficult), the re-challenging and reintroduction phases can be unclear and tough for patients and clients to understand. This book does an excellent job of specifically targeting those trying phases of adjusting to an individualized, IBS-friendly diet.

Lee Martin, MSc, RD, provides an excellent, concise book full of structured guidance. The content is well-balanced with easy-to-understand tables and flowcharts. Practical suggestions for applying the information are discussed in the book as well, effectively bridging the gap between research and pragmatism. Not only does the book explain the scientific aspects of FODMAP re-challenging and reintroduction, the mental component is addressed when the author suggests investigating whether symptoms following consumption of FODMAP-containing food are related to the food itself or the thought of the food. The disclaimer explains that the book is based on current research and clinical practices at the time of publication in October 2015; however, no references to research papers are provided.

This book is one which I will highly recommend to patients and clients who have IBS and plan to follow a low FODMAP diet. I would, however, encourage those following the advice in this book to obtain a food scale, as the serving sizes of some foods are listed by weight versus volume. Additionally, I would suggest that readers read the entire book first so that they have a clear idea of the process before embarking. As brevity and clarity are strong suits of this book, reading it in its entirety is a quick task.

This thorough guide is available in paperback on  Amazon for $17.99 or on Kindle for $7.65.

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