Sorbitol intolerance

Sorbitol intolerance occurs when the body is unable to properly digest sorbitol, a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many diet foods and sugar-free products. This intolerance can lead to various gastrointestinal symptoms, similar to other food intolerances....

Sorbitol intolerance

Who can benefit from testing for sorbitol intolerance?

Testing for sorbitol intolerance may be beneficial for individuals experiencing unexplained digestive symptoms, particularly after consuming sugar-free or diet products containing sorbitol. Those with symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, or abdominal pain following the ingestion of sorbitol-rich foods might consider testing. It’s also relevant for those managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as sorbitol can exacerbate IBS symptoms.

What are the symptoms of sorbitol intolerance?

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Gas
  • Nausea

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

Individuals with sorbitol intolerance should avoid foods and products containing sorbitol. Common sources include sugar-free gum, candies, diet foods, and some fruits like apples, pears, and peaches. Reading food labels is important, as sorbitol can be found in various processed foods and medications.

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

  • Avoiding or limiting foods and products containing sorbitol.
  • Reading labels to identify sorbitol and other sugar alcohols in ingredients.
  • Gradually introducing small amounts of sorbitol-containing foods to determine tolerance levels.
  • Keeping a food diary to track and identify trigger foods.
  • In cases of IBS or similar conditions, following a low-FODMAP diet may help manage symptoms, as sorbitol is a FODMAP.

Test(s) that measure/test for Sorbitol intolerance

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