Your guide to a happy, low FODMAP Easter!
Monash FODMAP Team, 04 April 2015
Easter eggs are on the menu!
On a strict low FODMAP diet but wanting to indulge in some sweets? In quantities under 30g, you can still treat yourself to some chocolate this festive season without triggering any symptoms. We recommend a good quality dark chocolate as the best (and usually the healthiest) option.
- Green: dark chocolate. 1 serve = 5 squares or 30 g
- Amber: milk chocolate. 1 serve = 5 squares or 30 g - Lactose is the FODMAP
- Amber: white chocolate. 1 serve = 5 squares or 30 g - Lactose is the FODMAP
Our Easter chocolate tips:
- Avoid large serves of chocolate, even if you are not intolerant to lactose. Chocolate is very high in fat, which when consumed in excess can affect gut motility and may trigger IBS symptoms.
- Be wary of chocolate alternatives made from carob. Carob powder is very high in oligos (fructans), and much higher than cocoa powder.
- Choose plain chocolate eggs over those with fillings. Easter egg fillings are typically very high in sugar and calories and may also contain high FODMAP ingredients (i.e. high fructose corn syrup - check the ingredients list first).
Have an egg-cellent Easter!