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The FODMAPS elimination diet is based on limiting "FODMAPS" in the diet. FODMAPS stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols. Specifically, some of the dietary carbohydrates described by the term FODMAPS are lactose, fructose, fructans, polyols and galactans. These are sugars, starches and fibers in food that some people cannot fully digest and absorb.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians can meet their protein needs on this diet by choosing eggs, cheese, Lactaid milk products, and high-protein whole grains (such as quinoa) each day. Vegans will have a very difficult time getting enough protein on the FODMAPS Elimination Diet, because soy products and other dried peas and beans are not allowed on the basic diet.
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