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How do FODMAPs cause irritable bowel symptoms?

FODMAPs are poorly absorbed by the gut; instead, they are quickly fermented by bacteria in the large intestine. This leads to bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence. FODMAPs also draw extra water into the large intestine, leading to diarrhea.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
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