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What is the Status of Enjoy Life’s FODMAP Friendly certification?
Enjoy Life no longer maintains FODMAP Friendly certification for any of the foods we make. Beginning around 2018 and ending in 2021 Enjoy Life worked to certify several of our treats with the FODMAP Friendly Food Program. The FODMAP Friendly logo represents a trusted worldwide certification program for products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAPs. It is designed to enable consumers with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) who are following a Low FODMAP diet to easily identify and select suitable packaged food products.
We made the decision to end our participation in the FODMAP Friendly program in order to better focus our resources on creating new foods free of gluten & 14 allergens. We understand this is disappointing news for many customers who adhere to a low FODMAP diet. When we started with the FODMAP Friendly program you shared with us messages of relief and gratitude for making foods that allowed you to eat freely. We did not make this decision lightly, but we do feel it is the right choice to focus all of our efforts on the food allergy community.
While many of the Enjoy Life items previously certified as FODMAP Friendly did not change when certification ended, we can no longer recommend these items as part of a low FODMAP diet. We encourage customers that require low FODMAP foods to consult a dietitian and explore the growing list of options at www.fodmapfriendly.com.
Which Enjoy Life snacks were previously Certified FODMAP Friendly?
The items listed below were previously verified to be low FODMAP foods through the FODMAP Friendly Program. While many of these products did not change when Enjoy Life ended participation in the FODMAP Friendly program, these foods are no longer certified FODMAP Friendly and we do not recommend them as part of a low FODMAP diet.
Breakfast & Snack Bars
- Cocoa Loco Chewy Bars
- Berry Medley Breakfast Ovals
- Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Ovals
- Maple Fig Breakfast Ovals
- Dark Raspberry Protein Bites
- Dipped Banana Protein Bites
- SunSeed™ Butter Protein Bites
- Cinnamon Spice Protein Bites
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks
- Dark Chocolate Morsels
- Dark Chocolate Bars
- Ricemilk Chocolate Bars
- Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Mini Cookies
- Crunchy Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies
- Crunchy Double Chocolate Mini Cookies
- Crunchy Vanilla Honey Graham Mini Cookies
- Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Crunchy Double Chocolate Cookies
What are FODMAPS?
According to the internationally recognized FODMAP Friendly Program, FODMAP is an acronym for:
- Fermentable – broken down “fermented” by bacteria in the large intestine
- Oligosaccharides – molecules made up from sugars joined in a chain
- Disaccharides – a double sugar molecule
- Monosaccharides – a single sugar molecule
- Polyols – sugar alcohols
These short-chained carbohydrates are found naturally in many foods we eat. Depending on the quantity consumed and the individual’s tolerance, FODMAPs can lead to increased gassiness, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
What is a low FODMAP diet?
Many people are not familiar with FODMAPs or a low-FODMAP diet, but over the years it has emerged as one of the fastest growing diets as being an effective treatment for individuals in managing digestive symptoms related to IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) estimated to affect 1 in 7 people today.
FODMAPs are naturally present in certain foods and a diet that contains a low amount of FODMAPs has been found to improve the control of IBS symptoms by a research team at Monash University in Australia. Not only do FODMAPs trigger symptoms in people who suffer from IBS, but FODMAPs can also affect sufferers of celiac disease and Crohn’s Disease.