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.”
✔ 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 (eg, 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.
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
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP Date of review: May 2022 Version: 3.0.9 Platform: Android Comments: I think this is really the “gold standard” app for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who would like to try the low FODMAP diet. Users can look up the FODMAP content of different foods, find recipe ideas, learn about irritable bowel syndrome and the low FODMAP diet, and track symptoms. The app helps you through a “three step low FODMAP diet”: Step 1 – low FODMAP, step 2 – FODMAP reintroduction, Step 3 – FODMAP personalisation. Previous versions only helped with step 1, so steps 2 and 3 are a welcome addition. While this is a paid app it is of very high quality. It was developed by the research team at Monash University, the pioneers of the diet, and the information is very accurate. It is extremely important to thoroughly read the written information to learn about the diet. The app does appropriately recommend dietitian input, and presents a list of New Zealand dieticians, but this is a luxury few would be able to afford in New Zealand. More information and recipe ideas are available on their blog. Safety concerns: None. New Zealand relevance: No issues of concern. Option to filter for foods available in New Zealand (manual restart of the app is required)
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP Date of review: March 2018 Version: 2.0.5 Platform: Android Comments: This app is useful for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who would like to try the low FODMAP diet. Users can look up the FODMAP content of different foods, find recipe ideas, learn about irritable bowel syndrome and the low FODMAP diet, track symptoms and analyse the benefit of a one week trial of the diet. While this is a paid app, it is of very high quality and in my opinion is a must have for those trialling a low FODMAP diet. It was developed by the research team at Monash University, the pioneers of the diet. It offers comprehensive information about the diet, searchable foods for FODMAP content, low FODMAP recipe ideas, integrated shopping list and a one week trial journaling section. It is extremely important to thoroughly read the about section to learn about the diet. The app does appropriately recommend dietitian input after the one week trial, but this is a luxury few would be able to afford in New Zealand. The app would be more helpful if you could do journaling for a longer period and if it had a re-challenge section. There are also some aspects of the searchable food section that could be improved, and the recipe section probably needs updating. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be very actively improved - at the time of review the last update was six months ago (and this was technical not content related). More information and recipe ideas are available on their blog: https://www.monashfodmap.com/blog/ . Safety concerns: None. New Zealand relevance: No issues of concern.