Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits, fruit juices, some vegetables and honey. Fructose is also a basic component in table sugar (sucrose), and high-fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten many processed foods and beverages. When your digestive system doesn’t absorb fructose properly, it can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and gas. ~ Mayo Clinic.
There are 2 different types of fructose intolerance:
- Fructose Malabsorption
FM is more common and affects about 30% of people. It especially affects young people who have many soft drinks per week including soda and mixers. With Fructose Malabsorption special cells (epithelial cells) on the surface of the intestine are not available to break down the fructose sugars.
Treatment for Fructose Malabsorption is a Fructose-free diet with some concessions. You find a threshold level where you can eat some Fructose without getting symptoms.
- Hereditary Fructose Intolerance
HFI is a rare genetic condition where the enzyme for breaking down Fructose is not produced. If you discover you have fructose intolerance - you need to rule out HFI by seeing your doctor for a DNA test. With HFI it is vital to observe a very strict Fructose-free diet. Otherwise there is risk of serious disease including liver failure.
Treatment of HFI is a very strict Fructose-free diet for life.
Please remember that all the information has been found by doing my own research and pulling from other sources that I have stumbled upon. Please do not ever take this information over a doctors diagnosis. I am not and will never be an MD, doctor, nurse , certified nutritionist, etc etc.