Australian dietician Sue Shepard never thought she would become famous
for inventing a diet she created to help prevent stomach cramps and
bloating. After first developing the diet to help people with Celiac
Disease she discovered that avoiding gluten and tough to absorb
molecules called "Fodmaps" were helpful to people even though they were
not diagnosed with Celiac.
Shepard says that her books and diet help people to pick "bowel friendly foods" when they are choosing what to eat. Some sugars are not absorbed well into the small intestine and she helps to steer people away from potential irritants. During a research study she found that 70% of patients saw an improvement in their symptoms after following the diet compared with 12% who were given a placebo meal.
Read more about the low-Fodmap diet and its rise in the US and Europe here: https://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-28/taming-stomachs-with-fodmap-diet-spurs-8-billion-market