Monash University Low FODMAP diet app

An app for people with irritable bowel syndrome wanting to learn about the FODMAP diet and identify low and high FODMAP foods.

Monash University Low FODMAP diet Monash University FODMAP diet team
Features
  • Information and education
  • Recipes
  • Symptom diary
  • Shopping lists
  • Food guide
  • Tracking 

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Country of origin Australia
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Security and privacy  Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No (Requires internet access every 15 days to receive latest data) 
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Cost $10.77 (US)

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What does the app do?

This app offers accurate detailed information about the FODMAP diet, searchable foods for FODMAP content, low FODMAP recipe ideas, integrated shopping list, symptom diary, and support through the “three step FODMAP diet.”

  • The “3-step FODMAP diet” comprises Step 1 – low FODMAP, step 2 – FODMAP reintroduction, Step 3 – FODMAP personalisation.
  • Foods are listed using a traffic light system and according to serving sizes.
  • Red foods are high in FODMAPs and should be avoided, orange foods are moderate in FODMAPs and may be tolerated by some people while green foods are low in FODMAPs and are safe for consumption.
  • The specific food serving sizes in the app is helpful to work out how much food can be safely consumed.
  • The app also contains other information about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and recipes and meal ideas to help people with IBS.

 For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android), iTunes or the app website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

PROS CONS 

✔ Credible source – information is written by the research team at Monash University where the low FODMAP diet was originally developed and food is tested for their FODMAP content.

✔ Comprehensive list of the core grocery items, and the database is frequently updated.

✔ Easy to read comprehensive information about the diet.

✔ Searchable, filterable, constantly updated, and accurate information for the FODMAP content of hundreds of different foods

✔ Foods presented in a traffic light system. Green = low FODMAPs, Amber = moderate FODMAPs, Red = HIGH FODMAPs. Also contains lists of brands and products that are certified as low FODMAP through MONASH University.

✔ Plan your meals, track a multitude of symptoms, and then analyse the outcomes to support you through Step 2 (reintroduction).

✔ Each food has a description, portion sizes, pictures, and the ability to be “starred.” The FODMAP content for specific portion sizes is presented.

✔ Filter foods with sliders based on individual sensitivities within the various FODMAPs to help with stage 2 and 3.

✔ Food from different cultures.

✔ Over 70 low FODMAP recipe ideas.

✔ Create a shopping list.

✘ Recipes not filterable (e.g. if you are a vegetarian).

✘ Only has a very limited number of packaged foods, most of which aren’t available in New Zealand.

✘ After searching for something and then clicking on an item in the filtered list, clicking back takes you back to the beginning not the searched list.

✘ Several reports of bugs related to the search feature but these were not able to be reproduced for this review.

✘ Many of the recipe options may not be particularly appealing, but that may be a limitation of the FODMAP diet itself.

✘ Full comprehensive information is only available through a paid online course (cost $30USD).

✘ You can’t add custom symptoms in the food diary.
 



Review details

  • May 2022; Version 3.0.9; Android
  • March 2018; Version: 2.0.5; Android

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Credits: Editorial team. Reviewed By: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP Last reviewed: 22 May 2022