Fructose Intolerant

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mjw82704
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you found that you are fructose intolerant? If yes, what do you use as a sweetener if anything? I found Dextrose on line which naturally occurs in our bodies anyway. I am considering trying it. Any ideas would be helpful.

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Female, Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Remicade stopped a major flare for me I am now off all meds except the remicade.


princesa
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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Do a search on fructose. You should find several threads.
 
People who are fructose intolerant can use regular table sugar as a sweetener as it's glucose. However, I'd suggest trying stevia as a natural herb sweetener that doesn't encourage the overgrowth of bad gut bacteria.
 
Here's an article on fructose intolerance you might find helpful:
 
http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20030714/fructose-may-cause-digestive-problems
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
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subdued
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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes. I'm fructose intolerant. Even a tiny bit of HFCS will give my diarrhea. I don't use artificial sweeteners. I find that they either bother my digestive system and/or aren't good for the health. I will eat sugar if I want something sweet. I am trying to cut out all sweets though, because I've found that the more I eat sugar the more sugar cravings I get, and then I will start to get diarrhea from eating too much of it. I will eat bananas, berries, and pineapple. These fruits are usually safe for people who are fructose intolerant, and they help with the sugar cravings.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working


princesa
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   Posted 6/17/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Joy, do you know why those fruits are safe and others aren't? Just curious. I know bananas are relatively high in sugar compared to other fruits.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


subdued
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   Posted 6/17/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Glucose enhances absorption of fructose, so fructose from foods with fructose-to-glucose ratio <1, like bananas, are considered safe. In addition to bananas, berries, and pineapple, citrus fruits are also considered safe. I've mostly been eating bananas, strawberries, and pineapple, in moderation of course. Bananas and pineapple aid digestion. I haven't really tested citrus fruits out yet.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working


kim123
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if the following article will be of any help. Is fructose intolerance the same as fructose malabsorption?

http://sacfs.asn.au/download/SueShepherd_sarticle.pdf

subdued
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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link Kim.

I have dietary fructose intolerance, which is the same as fructose malabsorption, and not hereditary fructose intolerance.

Problematic foods in dietary fructose intolerance (or fructose malabsorption) are those that:

Are high in fructose
Are high in sorbitol
Have high fructose-to-glucose ratio (>1)
Are high in fructans or other FODMAPs (problematic only for some persons with dietary fructose intolerance)

Like the list says, I can't eat foods that are high in fructose, high in sorbitol, or have a high fructose-to-glucose ratio. Thankfully, I don't have an issue with fructans, but some people who are fructose intolerant might.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working


princesa
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   Posted 6/18/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Were you given some type of test to determine fructose intolerance, or was it just from personal experimentation and tracking symptoms?
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


subdued
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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Princesa,

I know I don't have the hereditary form, because I wasn't born with it. As for the dietary form, I have the symptoms. I haven't gotten tested though. There really is no reason to. Even if the improbable happens, and they say I'm not fructose intolerant, I still can't eat foods high in fructose, any foods containing HFCS (even breads and sauces), honey, fruits containing sorbitol... They all give me severe diarrhea. Sugar-free foods, such as those with sorbitol, are even worse. I once ate a bag of sugar-free licorice by mistake. It sounded like there was a thunderstorm going on inside my abdomen for several hours.

My current diet is working well for me. I have almost no gas, no bloating, no diarrhea, and well-formed stools. Plus, my abdomen doesn't make noises anymore.

It is really hard for me to eat out though. I don't eat at fast food restaurants, and I still will end up getting diarrhea from eating something wrong. Did you know that McDonalds puts HFCS in almost everything? Drinks, deserts, breads, sauces.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

Post Edited (subdued) : 6/18/2009 4:06:09 PM (GMT-6)


princesa
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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not surprised. I rarely eat at McDonald's.

In my experience, your own trial and error and listening to your body seem to be more reliable than medical tests anyway.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I am intolerant of anything other than natural cane sugars and have been since I was a child. Fortunately many products are now turning away from High Fructose Corn Syrups!!! Even honey can be an issue for some as I believe it naturally contains sorbitol.
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