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How do I use the Monash Low FODMAP app? Part 2.

Updated: Apr 8

Using your Monash University low FODMAP diet just got a whole lot easier. In this part 2 blog of getting the most out of this wonderful app, I want to look at how to use the app once you are pretty sure of your FODMAP triggers, or are still in the elimination phase but know there are some FODMAPs such as lactose that you know you are fine with, so don't need to eliminate these in the phase 1/elimiation partof the diet.


Have you noticed this icon on the top right hand side of the screen when you are in the FOOD GUIDE section?

Tap on the 3 green lines to open up the filtering function of the app.

You will see the following screen.

Tap on the enable filtering at the top right hand side of the screen to reveal the following:

Depending on your individual known sensitivities you can toggle the FODMAP sub groups to your own personal profile! Sheer brilliance.

For example, say you know you are fine with lactose and legumes (GOS) then you could keep these as happy faces and the rest as sad faces: see below.

The great thing about this is that the WHOLE APP is changed around to meet this profile. So foods containing lactose that would normally have a red dot next to them (for a normal serve) such as a cup of milk will now have a green dot. The same with any legumes and any food that contains GOS as the significant/main FODMAP.

Note that I could have set up for moderate sensitivities as well which again would change the app info accordingly.

What won't change: as you tap on the individual food to find out the more detailed information on the next screen: the detailed information does not change: just the summary information you see when on the general food guide pages (for example the fruit page or the vegetable page).

This function comes into its own when you have done the challenges and your results have come through and you want to put back the foods in your diet that you tolerate before working on the foods you may still need to avoid.


Did you notice that there is only one toggle for fructan?

One toggle stands for the fructans in wheat, onion, garlic and other foods such as some vegetables dried fruit. If you are fine with wheat fructans but not with fructans in onion and garlic then you can't differentiate between them. Small draw back for what is a great function of the app.

Great app-the more you know- the greater it is!


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