Are Cucumbers Low FODMAP?

Medically Reviewed by Onikepe Adegbola, MD PhD, Dipl IBLM

Are cucumbers low FODMAP?

Cucumbers are a low FODMAP vegetable that can be consumed while following a low FODMAP diet. They are high in water as well as vitamins A and C. Cucumbers are also high in fiber, which is essential in a low-FODMAP diet. Individuals with IBS on the low FODMAP diet should eat no more than a 1/2 cup (75g) per serving of cucumber per meal, according to the Monash University FODMAP Diet App.

What is the low FODMAP diet?

The low FODMAP diet was created to assist persons with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in managing their symptoms. A person's intake of FODMAPs is limited by the diet. FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that can cause IBS sufferers intestinal issues.

The low FODMAP diet is based on Monash University's research. The Monash University FODMAP Diet App is an excellent resource for low-FODMAP dieters. The app provides a large diet database with both high and low FODMAP foods.

The low FODMAP diet might be difficult to stick to at first, but with some forethought, it can be an effective method to control IBS symptoms. To begin started, get advice from a registered dietitian nutritionist who is experienced with the low FODMAP diet.

Health benefits of cucumbers

Cucumbers are high in nutrients and have numerous health advantages. Vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium are all abundant in them. Cucumbers also contain silica, a mineral that is good for the skin and hair. Silica maintains skin elasticity and decreases wrinkle appearance. Silica also aids in the strengthening of hair and nails. Cucumbers are a low-calorie food that is a good choice for anyone trying to lose weight. They're also high in water, which helps the body stay hydrated. Cucumbers can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of ways.

Cucumbers are a versatile and tasty vegetable that can be included in a low-FODMAP diet. Make a note of them on your shopping list and give them a try! 

Low FODMAP cucumber recipes 

Cucumbers are an excellent low FODMAP ingredient. They also have a mild flavor that complements a variety of cuisines.

Here are a few of cucumber-based low FODMAP recipes:

  • Cucumber and Feta Salad
  • Turkish Cucumber Soup
  • Grilled Cucumber Salad
  • Cucumber and Dill Yogurt Sauce
  • Cucumber Mint Smoothie

Summary

Hopefully, this blog post has answered some of your questions about cucumbers and whether or not it is a low FODMAP food. Stay tuned for more posts about FODMAP-friendly foods, and be sure to check out our other blog posts for more information on how to manage your digestive health.

Join our free low FODMAP course for beginners if you're looking for more information on following the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP 101 is the easiest way to learn about the low FODMAP diet, which can improve and even eliminate symptoms of IBS and SIBO. The program includes weekly food guides, a master meal plan with recipes, cooking videos, and more. Join here.

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