Is Applesauce Low FODMAP?
Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian
Is applesauce a low FODMAP food?
Have you ever heard the phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Whether red, green, or yellow, apples are a crisp and juicy fruit we all enjoy. Similarly, applesauce is a convenient and refreshing snack, side dish, or topping. But is applesauce (and apples) low in FODMAPs?
According to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app, apples are typically high in fructose and sorbitol. Unfortunately, these sugars are both FODMAPs and can cause an aggravation of symptoms for those who are following the low FODMAP diet. Monash University specifies that only two teaspoons of a granny smith apple, for example, would be considered low enough in FODMAPs to be tolerated well.
Therefore, applesauce also must be severely restricted. In fact, the leading FODMAP researcher, Monash University, has not yet tested applesauce for FODMAPs to determine a tolerable serving size.
What are the health benefits of applesauce?
Apples and applesauce are significant sources of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and supports gut health. Additionally, apples contain many antioxidants, which may have anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Apples also contain ascorbic acid, known as vitamin C. Vitamin C has so many functions in the body, including supporting immune function.
We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and applesauce as a part of the low FODMAP diet. Stay tuned for more posts about the low FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods!
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Veloso, H. G. (n.d.). FODMAP diet: What you need to know. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/fodmap-diet-what-you-need-to-know/