Low on Features - Not worth $8
Everywhere I looked for FODMAP diet resources recommended this app. After trying, I ended up disappointed by the lack of features that would actually make this app valuable.
The information in the intro to the app is very helpful to understand more about IBS and its causes, but that’s about all the pros.
- The key value of this app is exposing what to eat and what not to. However the list of available foods is not extensive and I found more value in googling: “is [insert food] low FODMAP?”. There are existing apps that allow users to scan food products and pull nutritional data. The monash app would benefit greatly from this feature.
- There were several discrepancies beteeen the app’s data and other sources on the internet.
Not worth the money - free apps are better
This app is either not meant for a US audience or it just hasn’t been developed very thoroughly. It doesn’t even have bacon in the food list. I saw it had”450 foods” before I downloaded it, and that made me question if it was going to be a good fit, but once I got it I found a ton of the foods are things that are not available in the US, so it isn’t very useful. Stick to the free apps and welcome to the confusion of low FODMAP.
Diary not good enough
After reading the reviews, it seemed a good choice to get the app over a book. The recipes are fine, nothing special, but it’s the diary from which I expected more. You can’t modify your daily food intake with the foods
listed within the app. For example, you follow the breakfast but you also have a banana, you can’t adequately reflect it. Or a drink. It’s poor and seems like an easy fix.
I do love the in-depth research on the food. I can see what foods I should eat in smaller portions.
Overall, it’s recommended, much like a book would be.
Data does not justify price tag
The functionality is great and straightforward. I like the red, yellow, green categories, definitely makes it easy to understand. The comprehensiveness of the data is lacking. I would love if it could become more like a LoseIt, where you can search for specific foods. This feels more like a free app, $8 not worth it.
First of all, this system has made it easy for me to understand the portion sizes. I haven’t started the diet yet, but it has helped me to understand it much better in order to prepare for it. I was completely confused before this app and now the diet feels doable. The traffic light system is very helpful. It’s nice having a quick resource at my fingertips when needed, especially if I’m eating out last minute and need a reference.
That being said, there are some down sides to this app. My biggest complaint is that with foods such as crackers and nuts, there are several of them that are listed as only green even though the description itself says to eat them in moderation. This is misleading because if you are trying to look at the foods at a glance, you can miss the disclaimers. For example, it says 2 tbsps of chia seeds can be eaten, and it shows only one row of green lights, no other row of lights for a higher serving. Sounds like we can go all out on chia seeds since they only show green, right? Wrong... it says in the little description box that 4 tablespoons become problematic due to oligos, but it doesn’t show a row with an orange or red light for oligos for 4 tbsps.
I hope this is fixed soon. It seems like an easy fix. I had favorited all of the green light-only foods (those that don’t require portion control), but now I’m thinking I need to go back and double-check. It’s a bit of a hassle and defeats the purpose of having green light-only foods AKA foods completely free of FODMAPs, especially when they advise otherwise that you can eat green light-only foods in abundance. Maybe they should have a different color or symbol for the foods completely free of FODMAPs so there is no confusion, or just edit the ones with low FODMAPs to limited foods according to the system as they should be.
Another one of my complaints is that there are so few recipes. I think there were 4 dessert options total. I rely on Monash as a trustworthy source, but I have to crosscheck ingredients with recipes on Pinterest to make sure they are truly low FODMAP. There are a lot of controversial foods out there so I’d hate to stray too far from the most reliable sources for recipes.
I need “cliff notes” for this app. I’m having a hard time figuring it out. I thought I’d be able to modify my food sensitivities for various foods, specifically what is my problem areas. I haven’t found what I need yet.
You MUST have this app - most net info is incorrect
**UPDATE: Please don’t self diagnose from the internet! I had all the symptoms of FODMAP problems, except my bloat was unremitting. I spent 3 weeks using this diet and it DID alleviate some symptoms but - a stool test showed I had E coli. When my bloat continued to worsen after a course of antibiotics, a CT scan revealed Stage 1 ovarian cancer. The bloat was from Ascites, not IBS.
Use this ONLY if you have seen a medical professional.
There is so much conflicting info in the internet and in books, not just in anonymous forums but coming from people who claim to be coaches. People misinterpret things, or only give partial info...like I was 2 weeks in before I learned (from a Monash blog) that eliminating the high FODMAPS had also eliminated all the prebiotic food.
Seriously, I’m kicking myself for not having gotten a stool sample sooner. BUT if you insist on going this alone, I rate this a 5-star tool.
Monash University is constantly testing foods and updating. This is the ONLY way you can search for a specific food, and see exactly what the rating is for each of the 4 FOMAPS. It’s the ONLY way you’ll get a sense of which of the 4 might be your problem.
$8 is less than the cost of a book and besides, you’re helping to fund the research that made this possible.
Beware the Recipes!
The app is great, but I must warn everyone about the baking recipes on the 'Recipes' tab--don't follow them if you have no prior baking skills. They call for far too much baking soda, sometimes even in addition to baking powder, rendering an inedible and disappointing dessert. No cake recipe need 3 teaspoons of baking soda, that's just gross!
Documentation, Portable & Comprehensive
I appreciate the documentation . I like being able check assertions. I find it convenient to utilize my when shopping. The Traffic Light symbols are a great idea. The information is comprehensive.
Red light for orange juice but fresh squeezed oj is a top recipe? Only nutritional drinks are Nestle and most foods suggested are by Fody with a link and coupon. Seems like an ad.
Everything is gluten free. Many gassy foods that cause IBS symptoms are listed with green lights. This is not what the video promised.