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Food avoidance in athletes: FODMAP foods on the list


Lis, D and Ahuja, KDK and Stellingwerff, T and Kitic, CM and Fell, J, Food avoidance in athletes: FODMAP foods on the list, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 41, (9) pp. 1002-1004. ISSN 1715-5312 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1139/apnm-2015-0428


We surveyed 910 athletes to assess behaviors towards self-selected food/ingredient avoidance to minimize gastrointestinal distress. Fifty-five percent eliminated at least one high FODMAP food/category, with up to 82.6% reporting symptom improvement. In athletes indicating that high FODMAP foods trigger GI symptoms, lactose (86.5%) was most frequently eliminated, followed by galacto-oligosaccharides (23.9%), fructose (23.0%), fructans (6.2%) and polyols (5.4%). Athletes avoid predominantly lactose and to a lesser extent other high FODMAP foods to reduce gastrointestinal distress.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:athlete, FODMAP, lactose, fructans, fructose, elimination, diet, gastrointestinal
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Lis, D (Mrs Dana Lis)
UTAS Author:Ahuja, KDK (Dr Kiran Ahuja)
UTAS Author:Stellingwerff, T (Dr Trent Stellingwerff)
UTAS Author:Kitic, CM (Dr Cecilia Kitic)
UTAS Author:Fell, J (Associate Professor James Fell)
ID Code:109235
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-03
Last Modified:2022-08-24
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