Is Hoisin Sauce Low FODMAP?

Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian 

Is hoisin sauce a low FODMAP food?

Hoisin sauce is a rich and savory brown sauce with origins in Cantonese cuisine and is widely used across Asia. Hoisin sauce is often used for marinating meats, stir-fries, or as a simple dipping sauce. The main ingredients include fermented soybean paste, spice blends, sugar, garlic, and chili peppers (Williams, 2021).

The Monash University FODMAP Diet app has not explicitly tested hoisin sauce, but since hoisin sauce does contain garlic, it is likely high in FODMAPs since garlic is high in the FODMAP fructan.

Check out the following resource for more information on still enjoying Chinese cuisine while following the low FODMAP diet.

What are the health benefits of hoisin sauce?

Since the main ingredient of hoisin sauce is fermented soybeans, let's explore the health benefits of soybeans in the diet. Soybeans are hearty legumes rich in antioxidants, which are phytochemicals that help to protect the cells in the body from damage that result from harmful compounds called free radicals. Additionally, soybeans are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, having favorable effects on glycemic control and keeping the blood pressure stable (Arnarson, 2019).


We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and hoisin sauce as a part of the low FODMAP diet. Stay tuned for more posts about the low FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods!

Stay tuned for more posts about low FODMAP foods. Also, check out our other pages for more information on managing digestive health.


Arnarson, A. (2019, March 20). Soybeans 101: Nutrition Facts and health effects. Healthline. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from
Williams, C. (2021, September 20). What is hoisin sauce and how do you make it at home? Allrecipes. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from

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