Specialist dietitians gastrointestinal disorders, food intolerances, diabetes mellitus, weight management, cardiovascular risk reduction


Research Updates

Thank you for visiting our Research Updates section of the website.

Our dietitians will be keeping their eyes open for any interesting new articles and will summarise them for your interest. If you come across any articles you would like us to comment on, please email us.

Prunes vs psyllium for constipation? Sorbitol may be more effective than fibre

Jaci will also summarise any new published data on this page. Currently the studies completed in 2012 are being wrapped up, with data on the way.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR FRUCTOSE MALABSORBERS AND THOSE ON A LOW FODMAP DIET

There have been some recent changes to the low FODMAP diet food lists. Most importantly, Monash University researchers (including Jaci Barrett) have created high and moderate FODMAP foods, so that patients who have a better tolerance level can include the moderate level of FODMAPs in their diet. Examples of these foods includes broccoli, peas, corn, celery, sweet potato, avocado and pumpkin.

The Monash University low FODMAP diet booklet was updated again in July 2012. If you would like a copy of the booklet including the new food lists, please contact our receptionist. You can attend a FODMAP group update session which includes a complimentary copy of the booklet. We run these sessions annually. Please contact us to register your interest.

NOTE FOR PAST PATIENTS ON A LOW FRUCTOSE/FRUCTAN/FODMAP DIET

For any patients who have seen one of our dietitians or a dietitian at another practice for education on a low fructose, low fructan or low FODMAP diet more than a year ago, there is some new research that you may be interested in. This will be relevant to you if, despite your compliance with the diet, you still suffer symptoms, or if you remain compliant and your symptoms are well managed and you would like to know if and how to expand your diet. We are running small group sessions to update individuals with the latest research in this evolving area. For further information, click here.

LATEST FINDINGS FOR THE LOW FODMAP DIET

For those patients with IBS who are keen to continue including spelt products in their diet rather than gluten free breads, be careful of the spelt bread you choose. The fructan content of spelt breads varies depending on multiple processing variables. Ancient Grains and HealthyBake are good options. If you are consuming another variety of spelt bread and your symptoms are well controlled, this indicates that even if the bread you are choosing is high in fructans, you have a fairly good tolerance level and there is no problem continuing to consume these products. The low FODMAP diet is, afterall, to be followed to the degree that results in symptomatic improvement.