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Monash University FODMAP diet app for iPhone and iPad

4.0 ( 2240 ratings )
Health & Fitness Medical
Developer: Monash University
7.99 USD
Current version: 2.0.8, last update: 1 month ago
First release : 17 Dec 2012
App size: 46.27 Mb

Researchers at Monash University have developed a diet and corresponding app to assist in management of the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The Monash University Low FODMAP diet works by restricting foods high in some carbohydrates called FODMAPs.

The app includes the following:

- Background information about FODMAPs
- A food guide detailing the FODMAP content for hundreds of foods
- A full recipe book including 79 original and nutritious recipes with professional photography
- A shopping list for organising low FODMAP purchases
- A one week food & symptom journal to monitor a strict FODMAP diet, with the function to view detailed graphs of symptoms and the end of the week

Pros and cons of Monash University FODMAP diet app for iPhone and iPad

Monash University FODMAP diet app good for

Great tool to know what can be eaten or not,and in what size. The fact that it is an app which is updated as per the Monarch University latest findings is also very beneficial.
This app gives lots of info about the Fodmaps in foods and why some of us have problems. Very helpful for grocery shopping and planning foods to eat. And helps with the "whys".
Great app, helps a lot with the FODMAP diet. Would be great to have information from more countries
The app provides great information on the FODMAP diet, and I love being able to quickly add low FODMAP foods to my shopping list. However, the Diary feature only allows you to record meals which recipes are provided within the app. I would prefer to be able to record customized meals, as I am not always eating meals strictly based on these recipes. Without being able to do so renders the Diary feature pretty useless.
For the first time in years I am in possession of a tool that helps me with IBS. It isnt perfect but very helpful. The " traffic light" system is easy enough for kids to follow. Cant wait to see more as it updates info.
I wanted an app that would let me easily look up the FODMAP status of ingredients. I tried 9 different apps, everything I could find in the App Store that seemed relevant, mostly paid apps. This app provides ingredient lookups through its Guide section. The information is excellent, with not only a simple "thumbs up or down" rating but details on specific triggers and portion sizes. I go to this app first. I trust the information. It seems authoritative. It covers as many ingredients as most other apps, and the information is well structured and easy to understand. Minor problem: you must have a network connection for search to work. I assume thats so we can get the latest results from an online source. Cant complain too much. Lets say plus one for current information, and minus one for not just downloading the latest information to the device with each app update. That would probably make search faster, too. Major problem: the search function is nothing short of broken. The problem is with the "show results as you type" feature. If they turned that off, making you type in the whole term and hit enter, it would be a better app. The search-as-you-type, though, is mind-bogglingly bad. Example: look up "blackberry". 1. Type "b" and it says "no results". Really? No ingredients with a "b"? 2. Add an "l" for "bl" and there we go. Several results. But wait... no blackberries. And most of the results dont seem to include "bl" anywhere in the name. 3. Add an "a" for "bla" and... "no results" again. Huh? 4. Add a "c" for "blac" and there are even more results than for "bl", which is weird. But still no blackberries. 5. Go the whole way to "blackber" and... no results again. 6. Finally! When you reach "blackberr" youll see the result for blackberry. Im a very experienced programmer. I respect the difficulty of getting things working. But this is really, really weaksauce stuff. Its a shame to mar such excellent information with such poor search functionality. The apps works well for me otherwise. Overall, its worth downloading the app. Just dont expect the live search to show anything meaningful.

Some bad moments

This app is very expensive, is not practical and has limited food ideas. I printed off Information from the web and brought it shopping and that was more helpful. Would not recommend.
I bought this hoping it would help me with food and groceries, but it barely has any food listed for Canada. I cant search anything in the grocery stores. It lists fruits and vegetables but I need to know about packaged foods. The description of the app does not state that the food is primarily for Australia. They really need to put that detail in!! Dont buy or waste money if you dont live in Australia.
Searching for foods on this app is terrible. I found the app overpriced but was desperate to have something I could QUICKLY search for foods to eat and add to diary. Very disappointed. They need a person who designed lets say MyFoodDiary to get this up and running. I wish I could get my $7 back.
The app is very difficult to use for folks in the USA since most food choices in the Guide are not available here. Also many foods listed as approved, are actually high in FODMAPS. Hope it will be more user friendly soon.
Just downloaded and already see a problem-- why is black tea with cows milk rated green but plain black tea rated yellow (moderate in terms of fodmaps)?!
This app could be so much better! My biggest annoyance is their inconsistent and unreasonable serving sizes. You can *never* take their red-yellow-green lights at face value, you have to look at the serving size. One veg might show as red in the app, but green for the exact same (smaller) serving size as a similar veg, since their servings are so inconsistent. And seriously, who considers 2 Brussels sprouts or 10 blueberries a serving?

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