I was fortunate enough to get to speak to both of the owners of Nicer Foods at the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo in Chicago. They were both so passionate about what they do I just had to learn about it myself. Kate Watson one of the founders is a registered dietitian has dealt with IBS and food intolerances most of her life. After going through many diets she found success with the low FODMAPs diet. So they ended up starting Nicer Foods which together Kate and her husband create FODMAP friendly food products.
Now a little bit about what FODMAPS are according to their website...
So what does FODMAPs mean?
The FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates which may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They are then fermented by bacteria in the gut to produce gas, leading to bloating, abdominal pain, and altered bowel habits after ingestion. The acronym stands for (pay attention, you will be quizzed on this later): Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Here’s what each of those mean.
Fermentable means they produce gas. Oligosaccharides are Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides found in things like wheat, garlic, lentils, and onion. Disaccharides is lactose, found in many dairy products. Monosaccharides is fructose found in apples, pears, and honey. And Polyols are Sorbitol and Mannitol (or sugar alcohols) found in mushrooms, peaches, and artificially sweetened candies and gums. These are just a few examples of FODMAPs but they are found in many common foods, as you can see!
Now this diet isn’t right for everyone with IBS, but if nothing else has worked it seems like something you should definitely give a try. While it is quite restrictive it gets rid of the processed food in your lives.
Now as for products Nicer Foods makes a few different items but I got the opportunity to try the garlic infused olive oil. I decided to try this a couple different ways. I first tried it on a salad with some balsamic vinegar added. This was delicious and I loved the underlying garlic notes I had throughout. I then tried the olive oil sautéed with zoodles, veggies, and chicken breast. This brought out the garlic even more and was really amazing. Cooking with this is definitely how I will finish off this bottle.
To purchase these products visit their website. Even if you don’t find yourself on a Low FODMAP diet this is still a wonderful addition to your kitchen.
**Nicer Foods was kind enough to offer samples of their products in return for an honest review. I was not paid for this review, and all the ideas and opinions within it are my own.**
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