Provolone and FODMAP: How much can you eat?

If you’re one of the many people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you know that finding foods that don’t cause stomach pain, bloating, and other uncomfortable symptoms can be challenging.

How To Eat When You Have IBS
How To Eat When You Have IBS

That’s why more and more people are turning to low FODMAP diets as a way to manage their IBS. But what exactly is a low FODMAP diet? And is provolone low in FODMAP? Keep reading to find out!

How Much FODMAPs can you eat?

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that some people have trouble digesting. When eaten in large quantities, they can cause stomach pain, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. That’s why 50-86% of patients who follow a low Fodmap diet have a reduction of IBS symptoms (1).

So, how low is low? and how much FODMAPs intake is ideal. The daily FODMAPs intake should be around 15-30 grams (2).

This article lets you visualize how much FODMAPs in different foods.

So, How Much FODMAPs are in provolone?

There is currently no trusted source that gives the amount of FODMAPs in provolone cheese, including the leading Monash University FODMAP database (the app).

However, with the University of Rochester Medical Center nutrition data, we can estimate that there are 0.6 grams of carbohydrates in 28 grams serving of provolone cheese. 28 grams is equivalent to about 1 slice (1 oz) of provolone cheese.

This would mean that you could have up to around 50 slices of provolone per day on the low FODMAP diet (assuming a 30-gram intake limit).

With that being said, provolone is a low FODMAP at 0.6 grams per serving. A few slices of provolone are definitely okay.

The low FODMAP Provolone Brands

I also looked into the USDA nutrition data for a few popular provolone brands in the United States so you can have a better idea next time you go groceries.

USDA FoodData Central

  • Applegate Provolone cheese – 0g (usda)
  • Kraft Provolone Natural Cheese Slices – 0g (usda)
  • Tillamook Smoked Provolone – 1g (usda)
  • Belgioioso Provolone Natural Cheese Snack – 1g (usda)
  • Good & Gather Provolone Extra-Thin Cheese – 1g (usda)

These are the carbohydrates for each 1 oz serving size in these provolone brands. They are okay to include in your low FODMAP diet.

Wrap up

So, if you’re looking for a low FODMAP cheese that tastes great and goes well with many dishes, provolone is definitely a good option. Just be mindful of how much you eat in one day to stay within your daily limit of 15-30g.

And remember, if you’re ever unsure about whether or not a food is low FODMAP, talk to your dietitian or doctor, or check the Monash University FODMAP app.

Happy eating!

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