As you may know, the low-FODMAP diet has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of IBS. The Monash University researchers behind the diet are continually testing foods for their FODMAP content. As this testing has been undertaken they have found that some herbal teas that were previously thought to be helpful for IBS contain higher levels of FODMAPs and thus might make symptoms worse. This includes the old go-to favorites of chamomile and fennel teas. Luckily, a Certified Lifestyle, Food and Wellness Coach from Australia named Carolyn Lindrea has developed a line of teas that are suitable for someone who is following the low-FODMAP diet. She has created beautiful blends of tea, each containing fresh, IBS-friendly herbs, hand-chosen to be soothing to your digestive system. First off, let me say that these teas look luscious! The herbs in each package appear fresh, fragrant and colorful. Although the low-FODMAP diet is certainly one of restriction, you will not feel deprived when you brew yourself up these tea blends. I am telling you, these teas will make you feel pampered! The varieties that I sampled included: Ginger Ninja: This is a tasty, intriguing blend that I chose to brew up on a day when both my belly and my immune system needed a little extra attention and I thought that some ginger would fit the bill. GI Jane: The fragrance of this beautiful blend of herbs was completely matched by its richness of flavors. My taste buds were extremely pleased with me when I gave this blend a try. Max Out: Another stunning blend, whose taste was as delightful as its smell. I chose this blend on a day when life stress was a bit higher due to the calming sound of its ingredients. This blend may have been better named as Chill Out. If you can tolerate the small amount of fructose, this tea makes a nice alternative to chamomile. Aussie Jem: I personally do not tolerate caffeine well, so I took a pass on this blend as it contains green tea. If you are okay with a little caffeine, you can enjoy the purported health benefits of green tea without any FODMAP worries with this blend. The Bottom Line is that these teas are each a blend of fresh, fragrant herbs that are as tasty as they are pleasing to the eye. You will feel so pampered as you brew yourself up these luscious blends. I applaud Ms. Lindrea for seeking out certification so that you can be confident that you are choosing teas that are right for your particular FODMAP tolerance.
Melissa, Mt Martha, Vic
Anyone who suffers from any kind of food intolerance will understand the stomach discomfort, irritability and bowel inconsistencies. I was so excited when I came across these gorgeous FODMAP friendly teas, because I have tried so many remedies including tea to try and settle my tummy only to find they contain some hidden FODMAP that was continuing to cause irritation. I tried the delicious Grace today which helps to stimulate digestion, regulate metabolism and helps relieve belching and bloating after over indulging. Aside from all these wonderful properties and the delightful aroma, this tea tastes so fresh and full of flavour. It was definitely something extra special compared to those generic mass produced plastic tasting teas I have tried in the past.