FODERS creates food products that specifically cater for the 6.5 to 12 million people in the UK (ca 10-20% of the population) that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic and debilitating gastrointestinal disorder that significantly impacts upon people’s lives on a daily basis, both personally and professionally (i.e. social events, work absenteeism, personal relationships). IBS is also a significant burden on the healthcare system (NHS) (i.e. medication use which often have side effects). IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders with a worldwide prevalence of 763 million to 1.5 billion people (ca 10-20% of 2018 global population).

In the last 10 years, scientists have developed a diet called the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP is an acronym for ‘Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols’. These are short chain carbohydrates that are present in many foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy) and exacerbate symptoms of IBS th...
FODERS creates food products that specifically cater for the 6.5 to 12 million people in the UK (ca 10-20% of the population) that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic and debilitating gastrointestinal disorder that significantly impacts upon people’s lives on a daily basis, both personally and professionally (i.e. social events, work absenteeism, personal relationships). IBS is also a significant burden on the healthcare system (NHS) (i.e. medication use which often have side effects). IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders with a worldwide prevalence of 763 million to 1.5 billion people (ca 10-20% of 2018 global population).

In the last 10 years, scientists have developed a diet called the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP is an acronym for ‘Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols’. These are short chain carbohydrates that are present in many foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy) and exacerbate symptoms of IBS through a number of physiological mechanisms (they pull water into the gut and produce gas). The low FODMAP diet has been shown to be effective in managing symptoms of IBS in approximately 70% of individuals. In fact, the evidence-base for the effectiveness of the low FODMAP diet continues to rapidly expand, with several randomised controlled trials to date supporting its efficacy. Moreover, the low FODMAP diet has been incorporated into national and international nutrition guidelines, including The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE 2015) and the British Dietetic Guidelines in 2010 and in the updated guidelines in 2016. Thus, the low FODMAP diet is at its peak in terms of public awareness and clinical effectiveness.

However, while the low FODMAP diet has revolutionised the management of IBS, it is restrictive, complex and confusing to follow, is often considered impractical to implement into everyday life, has a reputation for being plain and bland and requires cooking skills, and so adequate time. Moreover, the low FODMAP diet eliminates common and appetising ingredients (e.g. onion and garlic) that are abundant in fresh and frozen food products (e.g. ready meals, pizza, sauces, soups, canned foods, many fruits and vegetables) sold in UK retailers. FODERS overcomes these barriers by offering consumers quick, convenient and easy to prepare meals that are ‘FODMAP friendly’ (i.e. FODERS only uses low FODMAP ingredients).
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Samantha Gill
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Samantha Gill Founder-CEO I’m a Registered Dietitian and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London.