Low FODMAP at Starbucks Australia
13 June 2018
I often think of what I miss the most since going Low FODMAP. Before I was diagnosed with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) I absolutely loved Frappuccinos.
I loved walking around the city with my ice-cold drink, no matter the weather.
However, when my gut started to flare up severely, I immediately gave it up. Frappuccinos are usually high in lactose and other High FODMAPs (like fructose).
Having said that, Starbucks lovers who follow the FODMAP Diet in Australia don't have to worry. Starbucks Australia not only offers almond milk – in Melbourne its branches also provide lactose-free milk. That means that we can very easily enjoy hot or cold drinks like coffee or hot chocolate.
The Low FODMAP Diet aims to reduce and manage symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to estimations, 1 in 7 people suffer from IBS worldwide. IBS symptoms include abdominal bloating or pain, excess wind, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation (or a combination of both). According to research, the FODMAP Diet, which was created by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, can help 75% of IBS patients. That is 3 of 4 people who suffer from IBS! In fact, the FODMAP Diet is recognised internationally by leading medical professionals as the best dietary treatment for the management of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Starbucks offers different ‘at home’ options. For many years, as in Israel there is no Starbucks, I used to stock up on their coffee sachets. I know many people don’t like Starbucks coffee, but I absolutely love it. My all-time favourite is their House Blend sachets.
Starbucks launched their Matcha sachets, to make hot or cold drinks at home. I was very excited to find these sachets, as the ingredients list is very simple: “sugar and green tea”.
Matcha is finely ground powder of a specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Unfortunately, matcha was yet to be tested so we don’t have any official scientific findings as to its low / high FODMAP content. However, as green tea was tested and found to be low FODMAP, it might be safe to say that also matcha is Low FODMAP.
Starbucks Australia are currently running a special offer – buy the Matcha sachets and get a free matcha drink (hot, cold or Frappuccino). As I recently passed the FODMAP Diet Lactose Challenge – I said to myself – the hell with it, I am having a matcha Frappuccino!
The Low FODMAP Diet includes three stages – elimination, challenge and rechallenge phases. The IBS experts worldwide stress that it is very important to be remain in the first restrictive phase of the FODMAP Diet. Meaning, it is important to challenge your triggers and in case you successfully managed to introduce a food item – you should include it in your diet.
They say it’s the little things in life that make you happy. For me, walking around Melbourne CBD and sipping a matcha Frappuccino felt like a big win.
I felt like my old self again, pre-IBS.
Now I can't wait to make my own matcha drink at home and enjoy the good things life has to offer!