HUM Nutrition launches low FODMAP protein powder

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The formulation is made from pea, hemp and pumpkin seeds, providing and 20g of protein per serving. It also contains a flaxseed, enzymes and probiotics blend to help with digestion and discourage bloating. 

What is low FODMAP?

In 2005, researchers in the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University in Australia identified a group of short-chain carbohydrates found in food that are either poorly absorbed in the small intestine or impossible to digest. The Monash team named these carbohydrates FODMAPs​, an acronym which stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols.

High FODMAP foods include everything from lactose to sucrose to onions to garlic—common staples in the Western diet—making a diet that avoids these extremely hard to follow for many. Although very restrictive, the low FODMAP diet can be a game changer for those who are able to commit to it. For example, the diet has been shown to significantly reduce abdominal pain and bloating in individuals suffering from IBS.

Monash University offers low FODMAP certification for products​ and an app​ to help consumers find low FODMAP ingredients and products in their area. With an estimated 10-15%​ of the world suffering from IBS,  food manufacturers like HUM are increasingly seeking this certification. 

“A Low FODMAP Diet is now backed by a strong body of evidence for the treatment of IBS,” ​Dr. Marina Iacovou from Monash University told NutraIngredients-USA in a previous interview​. 

“There is some evidence for managing IBS-symptoms associated with other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and endometriosis, but it does not treat the underlying medical condition of these conditions. There is also some evidence for its use in athletes and breastfeeding mothers who have infants with colic,​” added Iacovou. 

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