Know about Fructose Malabsorption?

It’s another, little-known piece of information to understand about fructose and the health trouble it can cause.

Do you experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, or other digestive symptoms after eating fruit or honey- or agave-sweetened foods ? If you do, you could have fructose malabsorption.

This condition involves an impairment of absorption of fructose in the small intestine, allowing excess fructose to pass into the large intestine, where fermentation causes intestinal distress. It isn’t the same thing as small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or FODMAPS intolerance (intolerance to sugars in addition to fructose), both of which can cause similar symptoms.

If you suspect that you have difficulty absorbing fructose, avoid foods and drinks made with sweeteners, as well as dried fruit, fruit juices, fruit smoothies, and fruit sauces. If your symptoms improve, try avoiding fruit altogether or choose low-fructose fruit, such as berries and citrus fruits, until you find a quantity of fructose that your gut can handle.

Copyright 2016 Melissa Diane Smith

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