Honors Program


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Fall 10-2018


Haubensak, R. 2018. The Efficacy of a Diet Low in Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols (FODMAPs) in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Raelyn Haubensak 2019.


This paper reviews the efficacy of the low-FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) diet in treating the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Since IBS has a wide range of etiologies and symptoms, it is often difficult to treat. A large majority of patients report their symptoms being associated with their diet. Researchers have shown that specific components of food, FODMAPs, may play a role in exacerbating symptoms. In this literary review, the physiological effects and the efficacy of the low-FODMAP diet was explored using current literature. In conclusion, the low-FODMAP diet may be an efficacious treatment option for those diagnosed with IBS.