A stalk of broccoli on a plate

Is broccoli low FODMAP?

The short answer to the question “Is broccoli low FODMAP?” is: Yes! In certain amounts it is.

But, as it is often on the low FODMAP diet, you can’t eat broccoli in unlimited servings and the amount you can eat differs for the part of the broccoli that you are eating. Let me explain it to you.

Monash University has tested two parts of the broccoli, heads, and stalks:

  • Broccoli heads: low FODMAP at 75 grams (or 3/4 cup). Broccoli heads contain a moderate amount of fructose in servings of 240 grams (2 2/3 cups or more).
  • Broccoli stalks: low FODMAP at 45 grams (or 1/3 cup). Broccoli stalks contain a moderate amount of fructose in servings of 50 grams.
Low FODMAP broccoli heads

For the broccoli heads, you can see that they become high in fructose at a relatively large serving of 240 grams.

This means you can probably eat more than 75 grams of broccoli in a serving, but I would advise staying well below the maximum amount of 240 grams. Just to be safe.

You can test for yourself what amount works for you. I, personally, use broccoli in my meals in servings from 100 to 200 grams without problems.

I am very happy that broccoli heads are low FODMAP in such a large serving because it is a delicious vegetable that can be used in meals in many different ways.

For broccoli stalks, you can see that there is almost no difference between the low FODMAP serving and the serving that contains a moderate amount of FODMAPs.

For broccoli stalks, you should therefore stick to the serving size of 45 grams.

Different broccolis together

Other kinds of broccoli

Monash University has also tested broccolini or baby broccoli and Gai lan or Chinese broccoli.

You can find the serving sizes for these types of broccoli below:

  • Broccolini, heads: low FODMAP in a serving of 58 grams. Contains a moderate amount of fructose in servings of 87 grams or more.
  • Broccolini, stalks: low FODMAP in a serving of 90 grams. Contains a moderate amount of fructans in servings of 320 grams or more.
  • Gai lan / Chinese broccoli: low FODMAP in a serving of 75 grams (1 cup, chopped). Contains a moderate amount of fructans in servings of 285 grams (4 1/4 cups) or more.

As you can see, for broccolini it is the other way around: broccolini stalks are low FODMAP in larger servings than broccolini heads.

A cutting board with different kinds of veggies and a knife

Recipes with broccoli

Fancy eating some broccoli? You can find low FODMAP recipes with broccoli here:

What is your favorite recipe with broccoli?

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