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Low FODMAP alternatives(4 Posts)
Hello all, hoping someone can help. (I’ve tried Google without success so far)
My DC is just about to turn 1 so I’m looking for toddler friendly baking recipes - cakes, biscuits etc. Only problem is a lot of the recipes I’ve seen that are "healthy" for toddlers use banana or apricot as an alternative to sugar, but my IBS gut can stand neither of these things.
I’m well up on baking "normal" ie high sugar cakes and biscuits with low FODMAPS but I’m looking for alternatives to these fruit purees.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could use instead? TIA
I think you need a rethink of what you look for here.
Children need plenty of energy in their diet to help them run around and learn and cause chaos and grow. Adults need to be careful about their energy intake as they will get unhealthy if they eat more than they need. It is important for everyone to eat a good amount of fruit and vegetables to maintain a healthy body but s needs to b balanced for young children as too much fruit and veg can mea they feel ful full before they have actually eaten enough for the energy they need.
Sugar has been demonised when actually it is fine in moderation. Fruit has been idolised beyond what is sensible. This is why there are all these recipes which get their sweetness from fruit. They are appealing to parents who have been convinced that sucrose and glucose are somehow bad and fructose is fine. Recipes made with fructose sugars are elevated and justified as they taste like a sweet treat (as indeed they are) but "basically count as one of your 5 a day" (A) this is irrational and (B) it is disastrous for your ibs, which gets more triggered by complex sugars like fructose and lactose than by simple glucose.
Make your cakes using simple glucose as sicrose sugars and ignore the fads for substituting fruit instead. Your child can have sugary foods because they need the energy to learn and grow, but you will need to be more restrained and not have them so often.
Of course with FODMAP everyone is different. I was ok with green bananas.
Could you swap the banana and apricots for apple and blueberries in the recipes. It might need a little sugar added for sweetness.
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