Fructose intolerance

Fructose intolerance, also known as dietary fructose intolerance, is a condition where the body has difficulty absorbing fructose, a sugar found in many fruits, some vegetables, and honey. It can lead to various digestive symptoms and discomfort upon consuming fructose-rich foods....

Fructose intolerance

Who can benefit from testing for fructose intolerance?

Individuals experiencing unexplained digestive issues, particularly after consuming fruits, sweeteners, or processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup, may benefit from testing. Those with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, especially if these symptoms seem to correlate with the intake of fructose, are also good candidates for testing.

What are the symptoms of fructose intolerance?

  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

What should be avoided in the diet if one has fructose intolerance?

Individuals with fructose intolerance should avoid or limit foods high in fructose. This includes certain fruits like apples, pears, and mangoes; sweeteners like honey and agave nectar; and products containing high fructose corn syrup. They should also be cautious with certain vegetables and grains, and read food labels for hidden sources of fructose.

What are the treatment options or dietary strategies to manage fructose intolerance symptoms?

The primary treatment for fructose intolerance involves adopting a low-fructose diet. Individuals with fructose intolerance should limit their intake of high-fructose foods and beverages, such as fruits, fruit juices, honey, and certain sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup. They should also avoid foods with added fructose, sorbitol, and mannitol. A registered dietitian can help create a tailored diet plan. Additionally, digestive enzyme supplements containing fructase can be used to help break down fructose in some cases. Managing fructose intolerance typically involves careful dietary choices and symptom monitoring to minimize discomfort and digestive issues.

Test(s) that measure/test for Fructose intolerance

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