We spoke to low FODMAP brand TrueSelf™ Foods about the importance of a balanced diet for IBS sufferers.
Who are TrueSelf™ Foods?
TrueSelf™ Foods is a new line of low-FODMAP foods specifically designed for people who suffer from Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGDs). Founded by Dr. Miechelle O’Brien, M.D, Ph.D., a practicing gastroenterologist, TrueSelf launched its product line with a variety of nutrition bars and plans to expand to other products in 2018.
Where did the idea come from?
We’re the first U.S. FODMAP Friendly Certificated product, meaning our snack bars are compliant with a low FODMAP diet, and consumers can purchase these products with confidence.
Frustrated by the limited treatment options for her patients’ FGD-related symptoms, Dr. O’Brien was excited to learn of emerging research showing the potential benefits of a low FODMAP diet for people suffering from functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Hear from the founder
“Day in and day out, I would listen to my patients as they talked to me about the difficulties of managing the pain and discomfort associated with their gastrointestinal disorders. The treatment options I could offer were so limited; I decided it was time to give a low FODMAP diet a try. My own experience confirmed the research and my patients often felt better within one to two weeks, allowing them to enjoy a higher quality of life.”
One big problem
“This success led, however, to a new problem,” O’Brien continued. “Adherence to a diet lower in FODMAPs can be difficult, as FODMAPs are found in so many foods and food ingredients…I kept waiting for food manufacturers to develop products for these patients – but they weren’t! It was time to take matters into my own hands. TrueSelf™ Foods will help provide greater convenience and confidence to consumers who are looking to incorporate a low FODMAP diet into their lifestyle.”
TrueSelf™ Foods product line includes the following nutrition bars:
- Banana Cinnamon
- Lemon Poppy
- Pumpkin Spice