It is always a pleasure to read and review a ‘seminal’ work, and we feel that is how this book will be regarded. The Low FODMAP Diet has been wonderful breakthrough in the treatment of IBS for many thousands of sufferers and continues to impact the lives of many more.
We take a look at the recently released Papaerback version and ask does the book justify purchase. With so much Low FODMAP diet information about is there anything in this book that can not be found elsewhere ?
We also look at how easy the diet is to understand and whether it could help those for whom the Low FODMAP Diet does not work ? We have been excited about reviewing this publication, as it has potential to help a lot of people.
“IBS has been a daunting problem for patients and their physicians for years. We have seen many drugs and different dietary fads come and go. So, it is wonderful that Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson have developed this solution for many patients with IBS: a diet based on sound scientific and physiological mechanisms. Combined with good medical care that includes testing for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and fructose and lactose intolerance, the low-FODMAP diet can be individualized, liberalized, and tailored to each patient. This book also provides a great deal of information as to how the diet can be truly indulged in!”
—Peter H. R. Green, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
“The low-FODMAP diet has revolutionized my practice and has helped so many of my patients. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and choosing food is a challenge, this splendid book is a must-have survival guide. Begin your journey back to good gut health by using food as medicine. Kudos to Drs. Shepherd and Gibson!”
—Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and coauthor of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health, http://thefoodmd.com
“For those with celiac disease who continue to have digestive issues, The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet is a must-read. Drs. Shepherd and Gibson do a tremendous job both in identifying the foods responsible for digestive distress and in offering a personalized approach to a balanced diet free from those triggers. With science-based information and easy-to-follow recipes, this book delivers the why and how that people are looking to know.”
—Alice Bast, President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)
“Drs. Shepherd and Gibson have truly created a complete reference guide about the low-FODMAP diet. The book offers evidence that supports the use of the low-FODMAP diet to manage digestive symptoms, especially IBS. The authors walk you through precise diets, recipes, and menus to put the diet into practice. The recipes are easy to follow and the illustrations are quite breathtaking. I strongly recommend this book for all IBS sufferers.”
—Jeffrey D. Roberts, MS Ed, BSc, Founder of IBS Self Help and Support Group
About the Author
Sue Shepherd, PhD, is a dietitian, senior lecturer at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), and research scientist who is internationally recognized as an expert on the low-FODMAP diet and irritable bowel syndrome. She consults on several international medical advisory committees for gastrointestinal conditions. She herself has celiac disease.
Peter Gibson, MD, is Professor of Gastroenterology at Monash University and the Alfred Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He is a world-renowned expert gastroenterologist in areas including the low-FODMAP diet, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.
William D. Chey, MD, AGAF, FACG, FACP, RFF, is Professor of Medicine, Director of the GI Physiology Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Michigan Bowel Control Program at the University of Michigan. He also runs a clinical research group, serves as Co-editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and is on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Gastroenterology and the Board of Directors of the Rome Foundation and Advisory Board of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD).
Firstly we begin with our IBS disclaimer, that applies to all things IBS. This diet will not help everyone, in tests it helped about 75% of sufferers who had the assistance of a dietitian (something we highly recommend). So do not buy this book expecting a cast iron guaranteed cure, it is a way of treating IBS for a large percentage of sufferers nothing more.
That said this is a wonderful book. Wonderfully written, engaging, easy to follow and very helpful. It takes you through the science in a way which is simple for most, however not patronizing. It guides you through the reasons for the discomfort caused by FODMAPs before arriving at the diet itself.
The book contains a number of wonderful recipes, of which the ones we have tried were very tasty indeed. Some IBS books appear low budget affairs, this is not the case. There is belief, conviction and professionalism behind this publication and we heartily believe it is a must own for anyone contemplating the FODMAP diet. Our websites contain information on the Low FOMDAP diet, however this is from the horses mouth so to speak.
We are sure that some will find areas they dislike, and some may take issue with the concept, however if you keep our opening paragraph in mind and read this book with an open mind, we feel few will be disappointed. A very important, and a very good book indeed.
The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet 4.9/5
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