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Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders. Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true. Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.

Jan 12, 2021

What are some conditions that look a lot like irritable bowel syndrome? Kate explores conditions that can masquerade as IBS and often lead to prolonged digestive symptoms! 

Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, LDN is a Boston-based dietitian with 30 years of experience. Kate’s expertise is in gastrointestinal disorders and food intolerance, with a particular focus on the application of the low FODMAP diet for functional gut disorders. She was awarded the Outstanding Massachusetts Dietitian Award and recognized as Boston’s Best Dietitian by Boston Magazine. Kate is the author of numerous books and articles on digestive health topics including the New York Times Best Seller, The 21 Day Tummy Diet. Her latest book is The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step. Kate completed her postgraduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate.

Kate and I talked about the conditions typically on the radar which include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Microscopic Colitis

And then we get into conditions not typically on the radar, which include:

  • GI infections
  • Mast cell activation syndrome
  • Milk protein intolerance
  • SIBO
  • Sucrase isomaltase deficiency (CSID)

And also discuss the importance of recognizing that IBS is a very real condition that has several excellent management options too! 

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