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Fructose/FODMAP Malabsorption

Natural food chemical intolerance


Gastrointestinal health is a special interest of ours and we help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fructose/FODMAP malabsorption, Coeliac Disease, lactose intolerance and natural food chemical intolerance (salicylates, amines, glutamate).


If you are experiencing bloating, excess wind, gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea or have been diagnosed with IBS, there is a chance you have a food sensitivity or malabsorption issue that is the cause for your symptoms. We can help you work out which specific foods are the problem and show you how to remove them from your diet without compromising your nutritional intake. You may have already tried eliminating some food groups such as wheat or dairy and be feeling a little better but not 100% better. This is because you have removed some of the problem foods but not all of them. Eliminating whole food groups from your diet is unnecessary and can also be dangerous. By correctly identifying the problem foods, your diet will be less restrictive, easier to follow and your symptoms may fully resolve.


"Food intolerance is all about moderation in the long-term, not complete restriction. You only need to restrict initially to work out what you need to moderate..."


While fructose/FODMAP malabsorption tends to produce only stomach and bowel symptoms, natural food chemical intolerance can affect the entire gut (stomach and bowel symptoms, reflux, mouth ulcers), the nervous system (headaches, migraines, mood swings), skin (eczema, hives, itchy skin etc) and airways (sinus issues, hayfever, asthma). If your symptoms involve more than just the gut, and it may be only one other area affected, then you may be intolerant to one or more of the natural food chemicals along with some food additives and preservatives. Scroll down for information.  


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Fructose Malabsorption

More and more people are testing positive to Fructose Malabsorption (FM) and we can help you identify if you have FM and refer you to the appropriate breath testing centers in Melbourne if need be.

You may have already been tested for fructose malabsorption and received a negative result. If you have not seen an accredited dietitian, a negative fructose malabsorption result can be misleading as it may be the other FODMAPs (fructans, GOSs and sugar polyols) that are causing your symptoms. Therefore, it is very important that you talk to a dietitian with experience in this area to get more accurate advice.  

A low FODMAP (low fructose) diet is not hard to follow and varies from person to person. It is important that you work out your own individual tolerance to the problem foods as what can be a problem for some people may not affect you in the same way. You will be given help working out your tolerance levels and provided with low FODMAP meal plan and low FODMAP versions of my recipes to help get you started. The diet does not need to impact significantly on eating out or travelling provided you know what you can and can't tolerate.

Zoe also supervises Melbourne’s fructose malabsorption support groups which are an initiative of Dr Sue Shepherd (Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian). For more information on the different support groups, visit the fructose malabsorption support group on Facebook and ask for a group near your suburb.


Click on fructose malabsorption (FODMAP) article 1 and fructose malabsorption (FODMAP) article 2 to see the scientific research.


Natural Food chemical intolerance

Zoe is also highly experienced in identifying and managing natural food chemical intolerances (salicylates, amines and glutamates). Zoe uses the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) elimination diets and challenge protocol and can guide you through the process and provide you with meal ideas and recipes to make the process easier.

A word from Zoe...

"In order to better understand what is involved in a low food chemical diet, I decided I should try the diet myself. Having done 4 weeks following the moderate approach, and 2 weeks on the strict approach, I can confidently tell my patients that while many foods need to be restricted during the trial period, it is actually not that difficult to do. In doing the trial I developed many quick and easy recipes as well as coming up with a number of practical tips to make it easier for people who have busy lives and families."


Want to know more?

For more information visit http://fedup.com.au for fact sheets on each of the natural food chemcials and additives and all the various associated symptoms.

You can access more information regarding the RPAH elimination diet by visiting http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/foodintol/


It is not advisable to attempt the diet without dietetic supervision due to the complexity of the diet and challenge process. A dietitian can help you work which is the best version of the diet for you and which challenges need to be done.


We can also help with the correct diagnosis of Coeliac Disease and provide up to date education on a strict gluten free diet.


FOOD DIARY Click to print

Please complete the food diary (Ignore the tally section) for a minimum of 5 days before your appointment and bring to your initial consulation.


Start feeling better sooner! Click on contact to make an appointment by calling Zoe or Marlene directly, or via email. Figureate has offices in Malvern, North Melbourne and Coburg, all less than a 15 minute drive from Melbourne CBD.



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