Healthy people should avoid low-FODMAP diet

People with no IBS symptoms should avoid the increasingly popular low-FODMAP diet, according to research that shows it could cause unwanted changes to faecal microbiota structures.

The single-blinded, randomised, cross-over study published in Gut looked at the effects on differing FODMAP diets in 27 IBS patients and six healthy subjects.

The higher FODMAP intake of a typical Australian diet stimulated the growth of helpful bacterial groups, while the low-FODMAP diet reduced total bacterial