A New Food Delivery Service Caters to People With Digestive Disorders
People with digestive disorders often have a hard time finding or cooking health-appropriate foods. Individuals with celiac disease—a genetic digestive disorder that causes harm to the small intestine—can’t eat gluten. Meanwhile, experts still don’t know what causes conditions like Crohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but research suggests that following a low FODMAP diet may improve symptoms.
Renee Cherkezian, a nurse, and Richard Bennett, an entrepreneur and former healthcare professional, launched Epicured in 2016. Other companies provide gluten-free meal plans, but Epicured bills itself as the only food delivery service that’s FODMAP-compliant, too. (For the uninitiated, FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols—all short chain carbohydrates, found in dairy products, wheat, certain fruits, onions, sweeteners, and more.)
Epicured’s menu changes seasonally; current offerings include everything from baked lasagna to Thai green curry to Tikka Masala. Not only are these choices diverse, they’re all 100 percent low FODMAP and gluten-free. “Many of our customers have not been able to derive a lot of pleasure from food, and we want to give them back that ability,” Bennett told The Mighty.
Epicured’s services are currently only available in the New York metro area, but the company plans to expand to include other East Coast cities. (Check here to see if Epicured delivers to you.) Before placing an order, though, consult with a doctor to make sure the meal plans fit your individual health needs.
[h/t The Mighty]