The link below is to a great little piece on asafoetida from BBC Good Food, if you are eager to learn more about this spice. I would advise anyone with coeliac disease to check to ensure it has not been mixed with wheat flour before you buy it. It is a great addition to recipes that are low fodmap. As for the account of it helping with those people who have problems with lentils and beans (foods containing oligo-saccharides) I cannot guarantee that the addition of this spice to dishes will reduce the effects of this fodmap, for those following a low fodmap diet. However if you are following a low fodmap diet and missing onion as a spice it is certainly worth trying.
I am a state registered dietitian and advisor to The IBS Network, the UK charity for people with irritable bowel syndrome. My speciality is dietary treatment of gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, lactose & fructose malabsorption and multiple food intolerances. I have had lots of experience in other areas of dietetics and I wished to start this blog to spread the word about evidence based dietary treatments and dispel much of the quackery that is common with these diseases. All information on this site is of a general nature and is based on UK based treatments and guidelines. Please see your healthcare practitioner should you need more country specific information. View all posts by Jules_GastroRD