How To Easily Explain FODMAPs To Your Friends and Family

Do you follow a low FODMAP diet?

If so, be prepared for the inevitable… You’ll have to explain yourself at some stage at a party or social event.

This can quickly become tedious and frustrating – even embarrassing – but it doesn’t have to be.

Use this simple explanation to avoid anymore awkward and confused looks from your friends and family.

The FODMAP Elevator Explanation


Ever heard of an elevator pitch?

In business terms it’s a short, persuasive statement you use to explain what your company does.

The idea is that you can easily say it in the brief time you’d be standing in an elevator with someone who asks.

FODMAP Elevator Explanation

Likewise, a quick and easy explanation of FODMAPs and why you’re on a low FODMAP diet is especially useful at social events.

I call it the FODMAP elevator explanation.

If you’re at a friend’s or a relative’s place and someone asks what FODMAPs are or why you’re politely declining certain foods…

You can say:

“FODMAPs refers to certain sugars known to trigger digestive problems. Eating a diet low in these sugars helps control symptoms, and it’s been incredibly beneficial for me.”

That’s it.

Some will be genuinely curious and ask more questions, but most people won’t. They’ll simply say, “Oh, okay. That makes sense.”

In fact, chances are there’s someone else in the room experiencing the same issues as you who just started learning about IBS and FODMAPs.

Using the FODMAP elevator explanation opens up a non-judgemental dialogue where you’ll now be able to help others too.

Easily Explain the FODMAP Diet 

Following a low FODMAP diet doesn’t have to be socially awkward.

Equip yourself with that FODMAP elevator explanation and be prepared to navigate all those inevitable situations.

Refer to the ultimate low FODMAPs food list and these low FODMAP recipes for ideas on what to bring to your next social event.

Lastly, if the FODMAP elevator explanation sounds too complicated to remember, just show them this article!


A version of this post originally appeared on Diet vs Disease as How To Easily Explain FODMAPs To Your Friends and Family




Maria P
Maria P7 days ago

Thank you

Marie W
Marie W6 months ago


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John B
John B11 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Chad A
Chad A11 months ago

Thank you!

Paulo Reeson
Paulo Reeson12 months ago


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Winn A12 months ago


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Ruth S12 months ago


Debbi W
Debbi W12 months ago

First I've heard of it, but not enough information was given about it. IF it helps with IBS, then I'm happy for those who need it.

Muff-Anne Y

I have so many food intolerances that I could write a book.