Can the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet™ App be used in different countries?

Yes, the app is currently being used in over 100 different countries worldwide. The FODMAP information in the food guide section of the app (with the exception of Monash University Low FODMAP Certified™ products) can be applied internationally. We’ve also tested a large range of foods specific to individual countries – in the app, these food are labelled with that country’s flag. You can also use the settings to choose whether you’d like information displayed in metric (grams) or imperial (ounces) measurements. 

Are foods from other countries being tested for FODMAP content?

We’re constantly working with dietitians and food companies around the world to expand the range of international foods in the app. We’ll independently test these products in our laboratory, and add the total FODMAP content to the app. These updates will be free of charge. You can see which country tested foods are from by looking out for the flag in the product information on the app. 

Can the app provide more brand-specific names or lists of ingredients used in food products?

As the app is being used in over 100 countries around the world, we are unable to name specific brands unless they are part of the Monash University Low FODMAP Certified™ program. Instead, we aim to include detailed descriptions of food ingredients where possible – giving you greater confidence to choose suitable products when shopping. 

Does the app work on an iPad?

Yes, the current iOS version of the app is compatible with the fifth generation of iPad and higher. 

Can I sync the app between my iPad and iPhone?

Yes, it’s possible to sync the app between multiple devices. Consult Apple Product Support Services for more information.

Does the app work on an iPod?

Yes, the iOS version of the app is compatible with iPod Touch (third generation or higher). 

Do the traffic light colours change if you adjust the filters according to your sensitivities?

When you have indicated sensitivities, the foods you will need to avoid are faded out. All other foods that are not faded are suitable for you to consume at a particular serving size. 

Can future versions of the app show the oligos (fructans and GOS) and polyols (sorbitol and mannitol) separately?

Yes, this will be a feature in future versions of the app. Currently, you can get information about which oligos and polyols are present in a food by checking the serving size information in the app. 

Can I print recipes and shopping lists from the app?

If you have a wireless printer, you are able to print directly from the app. 

Can I add my own notes about foods in the app?

Yes, you are able to make your own notes about foods listed in the “Guide” section of the app – this is helpful if you have other non-FODMAP related food reactions that you want to note. You can also add foods to your Daily Symptom Journal. 

Can I reset and reuse the Daily Symptom Journal?

You can reset the “1 Week Trial” and archive your previous Symptom Journals. 

How do I turn the filter off or on?

You can change your filter settings by selecting “My Filters” in the “Food Guide” section of the app. 

Why are there differences in some of the FODMAP ratings between the Monash Low FODMAP Diet™ Guide and the app?

It’s important to check the detailed serving size information and FODMAP breakdown, rather than relying on the food’s overall traffic light rating along. For some foods, serving size can make a significant difference to the FODMAP rating. 

Does the app include information about the gluten content of foods?

We do not measure the gluten content of foods. The app is not a suitable tool for people with coeliac disease to manage gluten avoidance. 

Is information about fibre content included in the app?

Check the “Dietary Fibre Counter” in the “About” section of the app – this lists the fibre content of low FODMAP foods in each food group (take close note of the serving size for these). You can also check the fibre levels of recipes in the app, per serving – check the nutritional information. Future app updates will introduce more fibre information in the listings in the food guide. 

Why is the app so expensive when there’s so much information online for free?

Many factors were carefully considered before deciding on the final price of the app.

Analysing foods for total FODMAP content is expensive. The full FODMAP analysis of foods is labour-intensive and takes about 2-4 weeks. The funding from the sale of the app goes to expanding our list of foods and further research in the area of FODMAPs and gastroenterology, and we plan to have significant regular updates of the food list in the app. These updates are free.

The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet™  is not suitable for the general public who do not have a functional gastrointestinal disorder. It is a special therapeutic diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which requires the correct medical diagnosis and dietetic management. The higher price, therefore, acts as a deterrent to individuals who may download the app and place themselves on the diet without proper medical advice.

We believe the app is great value for money. It contains our FODMAP food database – listing over 600 foods. The app also uses the traffic light system to guide people about low FODMAP food choices. It contains a recipe book with over 80 recipes and meal ideas. It also contains a bowel symptom and food diary in the 1 Week Challenge that you can re-use, as well as an archive for diary journals that you can refer to in discussions with your health care professional.

Some information about the FODMAP content of foods is available on the internet. We are not able to comment on the accuracy of the FODMAP data obtained from other sources – however, much of the information will be sourced from the work done by the Monash research group. To our knowledge, no other laboratory is testing the FODMAP content of foods according to FSANZ food sampling protocols or using validated and published testing procedures.

Can I use the app without internet access?

Yes, you can access the food guide without an internet connection by choosing the “offline mode” function in the “settings” section. You will need to turn off “offline mode” again to get app updates, including the latest information from the Monash FODMAP team. 

How do I get app updates?

The app has an automatic update feature, and will automatically download any new data every 15 days. You can also manually update the app by selecting the “clear cache” option in the “settings” section. When we release major updates, you will be prompted to update in the App Store or GooglePlay. 

Why can’t I see all the images?

You may not have a strong enough internet connection. 

How much of my phone data does an app update use?

An update uses about as much data as loading a few Facebook pages – about 2.5mb of data. 

Why is the app running so slow?

The app may be running slower than usual if you have a lot of apps open in the background, if you have a poor internet connection, or if your phone has very low memory and performance capabilities.  

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