Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian
Is jello a low FODMAP food?
Jello, or flavored gelatin, is a widely loved treat often containing water, gelatin, sugar, and flavoring. According to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app, instant jello (specifically the raspberry, strawberry, and diet lime flavors) are low FODMAP with a serving size of one cup. In other words, one cup of these flavors of jello is unlikely to aggravate the symptoms of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
However, it is essential to note that whole pieces of fruit, not just fruit flavor, are often added to jello, which may be high in FODMAPs. Therefore, it is vital to check the nutrition facts label and consider every ingredient’s FODMAP content.
What are the health implications of jello?
While jello is a dessert that is very low in calories and fat, it typically contains high amounts of refined sugar, contributing to an increased risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, and more chronic health conditions. Sugar-free or reduced-sugar options are typically available for the store-bought jello. However, jello also lacks a significant amount of any nutrient, including fiber, vitamins, or minerals. Therefore, it is not a highly nutritious food option.
SummaryWe hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and jello 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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