Are hash browns low FODMAP?

Published on: 08/03/2023

For individuals following a low FODMAP diet, navigating the world of food can be challenging. Hash browns, a beloved breakfast staple, often raise questions regarding their FODMAP content and suitability for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

In this blog post, we will delve into the topic of hash browns and their FODMAP content.

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Are potatoes low FODMAP?

Before we explore the specific FODMAP content of hash browns, it’s crucial to understand the FODMAP status of the primary ingredient: potatoes. 

Potatoes are low FODMAP with a generous serving of 500g.   

Can people with IBS eat hash browns?

As hash browns are primarily made from potatoes, they can be suitable for individuals with IBS. However, other high FODMAP ingredients may be present thus altering the FODMAP content. 

When it comes to purchasing or preparing low FODMAP hash brown, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. 

Check the ingredients. It is important to look out for the following high FODMAP ingredients:

  • Spices or Flavouring (these may contain onion garlic)
  • Onion Powder 
  • Onion

In the UK, store bought hash browns are unsuitable as they contain onion. However, you can make your own using potatoes, egg, salt and pepper!

What about McDonald’s hash browns?

At time of writing this article the ingredients of McDonald’s hash browns are potatoes, non-hydrogenated vegetable oil, salt, maize flour, dehydrated potato, dextrose, stabiliser and black pepper extract. 

As they do not contain onion, garlic or flavouring, these hash browns are low in FODMAPs. 

What potato-based alternatives are low FODMAP?

The following store bought potato products are low FODMAP:

  • Bird’s Eye Mini Waffles
  • Bird’s Eye Potato Waffles
  • McCain Smiles
  • Iceland Potato Waffles
  • Tesco Potato Stars
  • Tesco Potato Waffles
  • Sainsbury’s Potato Waffles

Final thoughts

Whilst potatoes themselves are low FODMAP, the FODMAP content of hash browns can vary depending on the ingredients used. As long as no FODMAP ingredients are used, hash browns can be enjoyed on a low FODMAP diet.

Feeling overwhelmed by the low FODMAP diet? Book a free 15 minute discovery call to find out how I can help navigate the diet whilst still enjoy food.


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