Low FODMAP diet launched at Atlantic Brasserie, Glasgow

Atlantic Bar and Brasserie are going to be one of the first restaurants in the U.K to create a Low FODMAP menu for customers that suffer from IBS and can help other conditions such as Crohns and Colitis.

In collaboration with dietitian Lesley Reid, Atlantic Bar and Brasserie have constructed a menu that follows an evidence based diet created by Monash University in Australia and Kings College London. The research conducted showed that following a Low FODMAP diet can reduce peoples IBS symptoms by 75%.

FODMAP’s are naturally occurring carbohydrates which are not absorbed in the small intestine and cause fermentation with the bacteria in the large bowel causing the IBS symptoms of pain wind and bloating. These symptoms are often described as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or ‘IBS’ and it affects up to 15% of the population.

Lesley Reid says, “Eating is an essential part of living and should be an enjoyable experience but for a large proportion of the population this is not the case. Many people can find after eating they experience symptoms such as pain, wind, bloating, burping, diarrhoea or constipation.”

Foods that are high in FODMAP’s are wheat, onion, garlic, lactose (milk and yoghurt), beans, lentils, honey, fruit juices, some fruits (apples, pears and plums), vegetables (broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower) and many more.

Lesley continues, “Working as a freelance dietitian in Glasgow, a large proportion of my clients suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms of IBS can really affect people’s lives in that they may have to take more time off work, can become socially isolated, affect relationships and generally make them feel miserable.

The Low FODMAP diet has been a very successful treatment for my IBS clients but the main complaint with it was that it was so difficult to eat out. They could get gluten or dairy free but they couldn’t guarantee that it would be onion or garlic free.”

Mario Gizzi, Director at The DRG says “When Lesley proposed the challenge to design and create a Low FODMAP menu, it was an exciting opportunity to give customers that find it hard to eat out an enjoyable and pleasurable experience. Everyone knows someone that suffers from IBS and the project has been an interesting process to create a menu that tastes really good for customers that suffer with IBS on a daily basis.”

Atlantic invited clients of Lesley Reid to come along and try the menu and their response was very positive.

IBS sufferer Robin, Glasgow says “The food was very well presented and tasty. I was able to relax for the first time in years and had confidence in the food. It was nice to eat out and not feel as if I was causing a fuss. I really like the fact I did not have to worry about the ingredients, that everything had already been checked for me.”

IBS sufferer Emma “The mussels were delicious – I haven’t been able to eat them in years. Not just dairy free gluten free, onion free and garlic free, it was also a worry free meal.”

The Low FODMAP menu with be launched at Atlantic on 17 November 2016. The menu needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance. A smaller menu will be available for walk-in bookings. To see the menu www.atlanticbrasserie.co.uk book call 0141 221 0220.