AIRE allows users to track their fermentation levels after taking an all-natural FODMAP sample. The FODMAP samples included with your AIRE are: lactose, fructose, sorbitol & inulin.
There is some preparation required before you take a Food Challenge, which will help ensure you get the best results. The app contains more information on the preparation needed.
Most people won't feel any different during the Food Challenges, however some people may experience some discomfort. This discomfort shouldn't last long.
The sachets contain sugars which occur naturally in food. The contents of each FODMAP packet is equivalent to eating the following:
Fructose = the same amount of fructose as 2 medium-to-large apples*
Lactose = the same amount of lactose as drinking 2 cups of milk*
Inulin = the same amount of inulin as eating 1-1.5 average Jerusalem artichokes**
Sorbitol = the same amount of sorbitol as eating 2 servings of prunes (actually it's only 1.7 servings of prunes but we'll round up)***
Therefore, if you feel any discomfort when eating these foods, you may choose to skip this Challenge or you can elect to use a smaller amount. Note that if you use a smaller amount than the entire packet, your results may not be accurate.
These Food Challenges are optional. If you decide not to do them, you can continue to log your foods and take breath readings daily. Over time you will begin to see patterns of fermentation levels after eating certain foods.
*Source: United States Department of Agriculture
***Source: Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis M, Bowen PE, Hussain EA, Damayanti-Wood BI, Farnsworth NR. Chemical composition and potential health effects of prunes: a functional food? Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2001 May;41(4):251-86.