FODMAP pioneer hits back at criticism

THE Australian who pioneered the FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome has hit back at a review in a British journal which argues there is "very limited evidence for its use".

Professor Peter Gibson, of Monash University, has outlined six main points of rebuttal. These are:

1. The perspective is skewed

The article is trying only to put the data reviewed into the perspective of evidence using concepts developed for pharmaceuticals. It has not been delivered with the perspective that there are no dietary therapies with pharmaceutical-grade evidence, and