What is fructose malabsorption

Fructose malabsorption is a digestive condition that affects the small intestines ability to absorb fructose. Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar found in vegetables, honey, grains and nearly all fruits. When the small intestine does not properly absorb fructose it travels to the large intestine where it ferments and turns into fatty acids causing gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

fructose malabsorption

People who suffer from fructose malabsorption commonly suffer the same symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Testing ensure correct diagnosis, it’s recommended to undertake a hydrogen breath test for correct diagnosis. A small percentage of people who suffer from both fructose malabsorption and lactose intolerance may also suffer celiac disease.

Fructose malabsorption is not an uncommon condition, it is believed that up to 30% of people in Western countries are affected by it in varying degrees. Fructose malabsorption should not be confused hereditary fructose intolerance a more severe condition in which fructose consumption leads to liver damage. People who suffer fructose malabsorption can still consume small amounts of fructose depending on the severity of their symptoms.

There is no cure for fructose malabsorption but the condition can be managed by limiting the amount of fructose that is consumed. Several nutritionist have put together eating plans that help minimize the symptoms for people who suffer fructose malabsorption, it is often a case of trail and error to see which eating plan works best.

fructose malabsorption

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