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Are you on a Low FODMAP diet but missing the flavors of onions and garlic? Here are four awesome ideas to get you inspired and get you cooking again!

FODMAP is defined as Fermentable Oligo-, Di- Mono-saccharides And Polyols and is a diet commonly suggested for people with SIBO and IBS. The idea is that by eliminating FODMAPs, we are removing carbohydrates that are easily broken down and “fermented” by intestinal bacteria. The most common symptom is gas and bloating. One of the most fermentable and most often missed carbohydrates on a low FODMAP diet are fructans, found in high quantities in onions and garlic. If you are following a Low FODMAP diet for medical reasons and are looking for some easy alternatives, check out these four fabulous ideas below:


1. Use large chunks in oil

The fructans in garlic and onions are soluble in water, so if you put large chunks in soup, the fructans will leach out into the starkel nutrition seattle nutritionistsoup, which is a no-go to keep those FODMAPs low. However, the fructans don’t leach out into oil, so you can easily sauté larger chucks of garlic and onions and then remove the chunks. The result? Lots of flavor and no fructans! You can also purchase garlic infused oil, just make sure it’s truly infused and doesn’t use garlic extract. Check for truly FODMAP-free infused oils.


2. Go green

Use the green portions of scallions (green onions) or leaks which don’t contain fructans. You can cut the green tops of scallions and if the white section still has its roots, place it in a jar with an inch of water on your kitchen countertop and watch it regrow! Replace the water every few days and your onion will continue to sprout. Just know that the flavor of the green top will weaken over time. Whole chives are also safe to consume on a Low FODMAP diet.


3. Asafoetida

Asafoetida is a spice common in Indian cooking and has a pungent onion flavor.  A little goes a long way though, so start by sautéing 1/8 teaspoon in a bit of oil at the beginning of your recipe and see if you like the flavor. You’ll soon master how much you need to use to replace the onion in your favorite recipes.


4. Garlic scapes

These are the green tops of garlic right before they bloom. They are Low FODMAP, can be added to recipes, sautéed, eaten on their own and they can be made into a “garlic” salt that can be eaten year round. Check out Guts By Nature for an awesome recipe.



Hopefully these four fun ideas add lots of flavor to your diet. If you think you could benefit from a Low FODMAP diet, make an appointment with one of our nutritionists to discuss it today!
The information presented in this post is not a substitute for medical advice. Please see you provider before pursuing any strict dietary change.


Autumn Hoverter, MS, RDN Written by Autumn Hoverter, MS, RDN