Is Sour Cream Low FODMAP?

Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian | Medically Reviewed by Onikepe Adegbola, MD PhD, Dipl IBLM

Is Sour Cream Low FODMAP?

Whether as an ingredient or a topping, sour cream is a beloved condiment, especially on tacos or baked potatoes. However, is sour cream a low FODMAP food?

Sour cream is a fermented cream product, giving it that classic sour taste. However, the cream is rich in lactose, a FODMAP found in dairy. Therefore, individuals in the restriction phase of the low FODMAP diet must only consume a very small amount.

According to the Monash University app, 1/4 cup or 60 mL of sour cream is high FODMAP, as it is high in lactose. However, Monash indicates that a serving size of 2 tablespoons is considered low FODMAP and is unlikely to worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Additionally, consider purchasing a lactose-free sour cream to avoid the FODMAP altogether!

What Are the Health Implications of Sour Cream?

Along with other dairy products, sour cream is rich in calcium. Calcium works together with vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth. Calcium becomes even more important as we age and the bones tend to get weaker.

However, regular sour cream is high in fat. Consuming excess fat can lead to overweight or obesity and increase the risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes. Try the reduced-fat sour cream to consume less fat.

Sour Cream and the Low FODMAP Diet

We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and sour cream. Stay tuned for more posts about the low FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods! 

Check out our other pages for more information on nutrition, the low FODMAP diet, and managing digestive health.

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