Fructose Intolerance
and Fructose Malabsorption Distress

Fructose intolerance is very similar to the problems created by another sugar intolerance called lactose intolerance which also leads to bloating and abdominal pain.

However, the distress caused by fructose malabsorption can sometimes be controlled by certain tricks such as not mixing fruits with other foods (especially proteins) or by eating fruits that contain a low amount of sugar in them.

A sugar intolerance can lead to very uncomfortable digestive problems.  And being aware of the amount of fructose in the foods that you consume (especially on a regular basis) may help you to avoid fructose malabsorption.

Fructose Malabsorption Leads to Digestive Distress!

Just like in the case of lactose intolerance, sugars will not be properly digested in the small intestine.   And fructose intolerance is a lot more common than you would expect.

Fructose is absorbed with the help of a specific transporting enzyme and when this enzyme is either not present or has become inactive, fructose will not be absorbed.

Fructose will then travel down to your large intestine and quickly ferment which produces gases that can cause flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Which leads to the question - Is a sugar intolerance really just an enzyme deficiency?  And could eating raw fruits with compatible enzyme rich foods help with fructose intolerance?

Because eating raw fruit alone or with compatible plant foods seems to be a viable solution for the digestion of fructose.  Just ask some of the raw vegans - lol.

However, you should find out if you are insulin resistant or have a serious problem with sugar in general.

Can You Get Tested?

To find out if you are intolerant to fructose, you can be diagnosed by a Breath Hydrogen Test.

This test can be used to detect other sugar intolerances as well.

This test will show you if your body produces hydrogen within 1 hr after the ingestion of the sugar in question.

If hydrogen is detected, you are regarded as intolerant.

What's the Treatment?

The threshold for symptoms varies among people and you will have to figure out how much of this sugar it will take to trigger fructose malabsorption in your system.

Basically, you will have to watch your intake of fructose and get rid of the offending foods.  And for really sensitive people, a fructose free diet may be in order. 

Also, for the health of your digestive tract, staying away from foods made with high fructose corn syrup (which offers nothing to you) will be a must!

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