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Navigating a low FODMAP Halloween

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It's that time of year, the temps are dropping, the leaves are changing and the days are getting shorter.

All signs that we are headed quickly into the holiday season, as always kicked off with a fall favorite: Halloween!

Low fodmap halloween

For a kid, there is nothing like getting to trick or treat and stock up on a whole bucket of free candy.  For a kid with IBS, this could be a time of uncomfortable trial and error, since most popular Halloween candy is not low FODMAP.  As a parent, it's critical to protect our kids from a painful flare-up.  

A Low FODMAP Halloween

To help make this task a little easier, here is a list of low FODMAP Halloween candy that should be easier on the tummy in moderation:

  • Dum-dums
  • Haribo gold bears
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Nerds
  • Sour patch kids
  • Junior mint
  • Jolly ranchers
  • Peeps
  • Smarties
  • Swedish fish
  • Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Lifesaver gummies
  • Sprees
  • Bottle caps

Reading labels can help determine what is safe and what isn't.  Keep an eye out for the low FODMAP ingredients commonly found in candy like:

  • Corn syrup
  • Cane sugar
  • Sucrose 
  • Dextrose
  • Soy lecithin
  • Glucose syrup
  • Colors
  • Artificial flavors
  • Gelatin   

It's equally important to avoid the high FODMAP candy ingredients like:

  • Fructose
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Lactose
  • Honey
  • Agave
  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol
  • Concentrated fruit juices
  • Isomalt
  • Erythritol
Being consistent about eliminating the high FODMAP candy this fall will get us one step closer to making sure this Halloween has less tricks in store and more treats!
For the easiest way to help your kids follow a low FODMAP diet, check out The Gut Program!

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