Is Watermelon Low FODMAP?

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

Is Watermelon Low FODMAP?

As summer approaches, watermelon is that perfect refreshing snack to cool down in the heat.

However, if you follow a low FODMAP diet, you may wonder if about the FODMAP content of this favorite fruit.

According to the Monash University app, seedless watermelon is high in the FODMAPs fructose, mannitol, and fructan. These FODMAPs are poorly absorbed and consuming them can worsen the gut symptoms in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including abdominal pain and bloating. 

The Monash University app designates a serving size of 1.5 tablespoons (approximately 15 grams) of watermelon as an acceptable and tolerable amount for IBS during the restriction phase of the low FODMAP diet.

While high FODMAP fruits, melons can still be enjoyed in appropriate amounts. To learn more about FODMAPs and other types of melons, check out this article. 

What Are the Health Benefits of Watermelon?

According to the USDA FoodData food database, watermelon is a low-calorie and hydrating fruit rich in many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and vitamin C.

Vitamin A functions in eye health, immunity, growth and development, and more. Vitamin C also supports a healthy immune system and also promotes healing. 

Watermelon and the Low FODMAP Diet

We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and watermelon. 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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