An Interview with the FODMAP Friendly Food Program

 

Laura Kalac

Recently I had the chance to interview Laura Kalac, Business Development and Marketing Manager for FODMAP Friendly.  She had some pretty exciting news to share about low-FODMAP products and also explains the way the FODMAP Friendly certification program works.  Read on!

Incorporating the FODMAP Friendly logo, the FODMAP Friendly certification program is the only registered certification trademark worldwide certifying FODMAP levels in food products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAP’s. It is designed to enable consumers with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) who are following a Low FODMAP diet to easily identify and select suitable packaged food products. This easily recognizable “FODMAP Friendly” logo assists people with such symptoms to shop and eat with confidence.fodmap friendly program

Colleen Francioli: For your certification program, how long is the average turnaround in getting one product tested and certified?

Laura Kalac: All new manufacturers must first submit a preliminary application form. Our team of experts then screen the products in the office, and arrange for testing via DTS Food Labs – Australia’s largest food testing laboratory. Testing is usually completed with a ten day turnaround, after which time eligible brands are granted a FODMAP Friendly license and Certification for the approved products.

CF: Do you have any advice to lend for someone who is developing a product and wants to get certified?

LK: Creating FODMAP Friendly products is a fantastic initiative to service those 1 in 7 individuals affected by IBS type symptoms, using a diet low in FODMAPs to manage their condition! However, for a manufacturer not as familiar with high and low FODMAP containing ingredients, there may be a little trial and error involved. We work with prospective manufacturers and provide guidance where we can, to assist and support in this process. Ultimately everything has to be independently tested to be verified, but we can definitely help with the initial process. Obviously due to our experience specifically in this area we are very knowledgeable in the process.

CF: What is the main reason why any products fail the first round of testing?

LK: Products which fail to pass FODMAP testing  do so for one main reason. The overall ratio of ingredients in a product is too high in total FODMAPs to be deemed eligible for approval. In this instance it is suggested that the ratio of ingredients be adjusted accordingly, or modified in some way.

Knowing the specific FODMAP content of each ingredient is vital when combining them to make the end product.

CF: How many products did you test in 2013?  How many in 2015?  How many so far in 2016?

LK: Many products have been independently tested to date! We currently have over 400 tested foods, with many more in the works throughout 2016. So far this year we have tested close to 100 products.

CF: How many U.S. brands have utilized your certification program?

LK: There are several brands in the midst of having products tested, and one manufacturer with a range of products is now licensed and their products will be launched in the next few months with quite a large marketing campaign – this is very exciting as it is the first US brand to be Certified as FODMAP Friendly!

 

Keep up with news from FODMAP Friendly by following them on social and check out their blog!  Comment below with the types of products you’d like to see certified low-FODMAP!

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Abundantly Happy Kale, Grains and Seeds Salad – New low-FODMAP Recipe!

Abundantly Happy Kale, Grains and Seeds Salad

I’ve been enjoying my time as a co-host for the #21dayfodmapchallenge, created by Julie of CalmBellyKitchen.com and also co-hosted by Anna of FODMAP Journey, who has guest blogged for FODMAPLife several times (check out this awesome post of Anna’s).

If you haven’t joined in yet there’s still time!  Learn more by visiting my Instagram profile here.

Yesterday’s theme for the#21dayfodmapchallenge was Great Grains so I decided to finish a recipe I’ve been working on, and I hope you enjoy it!

This salad is a low-FODMAP phytonutrient and vitamin powerhouse and it’s also colorful, crunchy and easy to make.  Vegetarians and vegans will love the mix of veggies, seeds, grains and nuts.  If you’re a meat-eater (and you just need to have your meat) you can always add a piece of grilled fish or lean meat to this salad, however I think it’s perfectly filling as is.  Make ahead of time and have for lunch the next day or bring to a gathering.

low fodmap grain salad
photo by: Colleen Francioli

Ingredients 

Serves 4

  • 9 leaves curly kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (purchase one without FODMAPs)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks, then into thirds
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 2 radishes, sliced very thin
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup buckwheat, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Cut away ribs and stems from kale, wash thoroughly, drain in colander.  Chop kale leaves into long, thin shreds.  Add to a large-sized bowl and sprinkle salt and 2 tablespoons oil on top.  Massage leaves with hands until leaves begin to darken and soften.
  2. Add remaining oil to bowl, squeeze in lemon juice, discarding any pits. Add in turmeric, curry powder, ginger, celery, yellow bell pepper, carrot, pumpkin seeds, radishes, brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat.  Toss to combine.  Add more lemon juice or olive oil if desired.  Divide onto plates and top with slivered almonds.  Keep covered in refrigerator for up to three days.

*Tip – If brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat have been made ahead of time (a smart idea!) and are cold, I like to combine all into a skillet with 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil to warm up before adding to the other salad ingredients.  Preparing such low-FODMAP staples such as these ahead of time makes it much easier to follow the low-FODMAP diet. During your busy week, add them to salads, soups, stir-fry, sandwiches and more.

Hope you enjoy!  Don’t forget to follow me on social media and sign up for my newsletter! Follow/like/comment on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

Have a great rest of your day/evening, where ever in the world you are!

Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant

 

Contest – Torie and Howard® Hard Candy!

While visiting the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, an event that drew around 100,000 people and rows upon rows of booths with natural product brands, I was lucky enough to meet the founders of Torie & Howard organic hard candy.  WOW these candies were so delicious and I was happy to find that they were low in FODMAPs.  This is excellent for those that are looking for a little sweet kick – but I don’t recommend eating a ton of them – everything in moderation AND sugar is sugar after all.  I love this brand and am excited to host a contest where three U.S. winners will win one tin of each of Torie & Howard’s four flavors!  ENTER THE CONTEST HERE: https://secure.pagemodo.com/m/9BD7WB

Made with: Organic Sugar, Organic Rice Syrup, Non-GMO Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Colored with: Red Cabbage, Purple Carrots.
Made with: Organic Sugar, Organic Rice Syrup, Non-GMO Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Colored with: Red Cabbage, Purple Carrots.

Aside from loving the delicious flavors of d’anjou pear & cinnamon, pomegranate & nectarine, blood orange & honey, pink grapefruit & tupelo honey, I also enjoyed the Torie & Howard story.  It’s always moving to meet entrepreneurs that started a business based off of personal circumstance. Both Torie & Howard experienced a health related event that had a significant impact on their lives. As shared on their website: For Howard, losing over a hundred pounds led to a renewed focus on eating as healthy and nutritionally conscious as possible. On his new lifestyle regimen, it became paramount to Howard that he optimize his consumption by eating only the most delicious and healthful foods and ensuring that every single calorie consumed had earned its pleasure quotient. For Torie, it was the onset of severe food allergies that forced her to make serious changes in her life and in her diet. These new restrictions made finding satisfying snacks all the more difficult, and all the more important.

With a new dedication to nutrition in their lives and the relative lack of healthy, indulgent snacks on the market, it became apparent that the time was right to fulfill their dream of starting their own snack food company. And so Torie & Howard was born, out of a mutual love of delicious & all natural foods that soothe the soul and nourish the body.

Some Quick Facts:

  • Blood Orange & Honey and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey if you are finished with the Low Fodmap Diet and know which foods to avoid but still need to avoid honey, these flavors do not have any honey. They are sweetened with organic sugar and organic rice syrup. Torie & Howard uses an all natural and organic compliant honey flavoring.
  • Torie & Howard can be found in many  stores throughout US and Canada, as well as internationally. Big retailers include Barnes & Noble Cafes, Whole Foods, and many fine food grocers, natural food stores, duty free shops, online retailers, Staples.com, Dean & Deluca, candy shoppes and emporiums in the U.S and around the world, airport, coffee shops, and with  many sellers on Amazon.com – just to name a few. Torie & Howard are always finding new shops to carry their products. They keep a Pinterest board of some of their retailers as they find them, and a Twitter list, too. As Torie & Howard’s Kami Bacon, Social Media Marketing Manager said: “It’s so hard to keep up as our candy is spreading out across the globe as the new hard candy classic in healthy snacking!”

**Torie & Howard products have not been analyzed for FODMAPs, however they are low in FODMAPs.

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