10 Photos - Oct 18, 2015
Photo: By Dr Jane Varney (Research Dietitian)

The Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University are leaders in the FODMAP analysis of foods. With over 10 years of experience performing this detailed analysis, we have a team of highly skilled staff and a laboratory equipped with state of the art equipment that enables us to provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive data regarding the FODMAP content of food. This article provides you with an abbreviated description of what is a laborious, expensive testing process, each food taking 2-4 weeks to analyse in our lab!

See following photos describing the various steps involved, or the FODMAP blog story:
http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.html

Pictured here is Mr Alex Bogatyrev, a research scientist on the Monash FODMAP team.Photo: STEP 1:

Firstly, we must source the food samples for testing. In accordance with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) guidelines, for processed foods this means sourcing 3 samples from different manufacturers, while for fruit & vegetables it means sourcing samples from 10 different stores (5 supermarkets and 5 greengrocers)!

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 2:

Next we prepare the food samples. This involves freeze drying food samples at very low temperatures.

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 3:

To ensure the samples are of a uniform consistency, they are then milled to a fine powder. 

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 4: (1 of 4)

The next steps involve extracting short chain carbohydrates; measuring fructan content, and measuring other FODMAPs using liquid chromatography.

Pictured here is a food sample being accurately weighed out for extraction.

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 4: (2 of 4)

The next steps involve extracting short chain carbohydrates; measuring fructan content, and measuring other FODMAPs using liquid chromatography.

Pictured here is the extraction process using hotplates.

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 4: (3 of 4)

The next steps involve extracting short chain carbohydrates; measuring fructan content, and measuring other FODMAPs using liquid chromatography.

Pictured here is one of the steps involved in the fructan assay.

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 4: (4 of 4)

The next steps involve extracting short chain carbohydrates; measuring fructan content, and measuring other FODMAPs using liquid chromatography.

Pictured here is HPLC / UPLC equipment, used for an analytical technique used by chemists and biochemists to understand the elemental composition of a drug substance, chemical substance, or food product.

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: STEP 5:

Once we have all the FODMAP results from our lab, a dietitian determines the serving sizes that would be considered low (green), moderate (amber) and high (red).

Pictured is how the traffic light system works in the Monash University low FODMAP app.

So there you have it. It’s an exhaustive, labour intensive process, but absolutely necessary to enable people like you to manage your IBS symptoms on a low FODMAP diet. We’re constantly undertaking FODMAP analysis on new foods, so keep an eye out for app updates!

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.htmlPhoto: The Monash University Department of Gastroenterology team, April 2015.

L-R: Mr Alex Bogatyrev (Research scientist), Dr Jane Muir (Team leader), Professor Peter Gibson (Head of Department of Gastroenterology), Ms Maria Stevenberg (Relationship manager), Ms Marina Iacovou (PhD student), Mr John Morrison (Business consultant), Ms Emily Chhen (Business and social media), Dr Jane Varney (Research dietitian), Ms Liz Ly (Research assistant), Ms CK Yao (PhD student), Ms Nu Tran (Administration support), Ms Phip Settle (Administration Officer), Mr Bala Natarajan (Systems developer)

http://fodmapmonash.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/fodmap-testing.html