Fructose intolerance is when your body is unable to break down or absorb the sugars in fruits and other foods, and because the fructose is not absorbed in the small intestine and it ferments quite fast, there is then no time for the gas to be metabolised or absorbed causing pain, bloating, flatulence, and sometimes diarrhoea, the reality is is that often a fructose intolerance presents with a very similar symptom picture as a food intolerance, one of the symptoms that may indicate that you have a fructose intolerance is gut pain that is quite high, another indication is that when we remove the foods that you show an intolerance to there are no improvements in your symptoms.
Clinically I find that maybe 5% of the population or 5% of my clients actually have a true fructose intolerance, they often as well will have food intolerance problems, and they also have all of the associated gut flora imbalance problems that food intolerance sufferers have. Treatment protocols are very similar for both food intolerance and fructose intolerance, except fructose intolerance treatment lasts for at least a year whereas food intolerance treatment usually can be treated successfully within three to six months.
When I suspect a fructose intolerance I immediately put clients onto a low fructose diet, so for the first two weeks they are only allowed to eat the following; red meat, chicken, fish, turkey, dairy foods, eggs, soy, alfalfa, avocado, bamboo shoots, beetroot, broccoli, capsicums, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber (not lebanese), eggplant, fennel, green peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, marrow, mushrooms, olives, peas, parsnips, pumpkin, shallots, silver beet, snow peas, spinach, squash, swede, turnip, water chestnut, watercress, white potatoes.
If it is a fructose intolerance problem many of the symptoms will disappear within the first two weeks, it is quite remarkable how quickly the body responds, as well fructose intolerance sufferers do not seem to suffer the withdrawal problems that food intolerance sufferers incur, of course I as well will start to give you some supplements and herbal medicines to correct the many imbalances that are occurring in your digestive system, that need to be corrected.
When we get a brilliant response within the first two weeks, and if it is a fructose intolerance problem we will, we then go to the second stage of treatment, and entails the following dietary intake; Eat any foods from the first stage plus any foods that are not listed below; e.g it is not permissible to eat any of the foods listed below for stage two;
Banana, blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry, cranberry, grapefruit, jackfruit, kiwi fruit, cumquat, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, passionfruit, pineapple, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry, tangelo, tamarillo, apricot, nectarines, peach, plum, apple, coconut (including milk and cream), cherries, grape, guava, honeydew melon, mango, nashi fruit, paw paw, papaya, pear, quince, star fruit, watermelon, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, dried fruit, tinned fruit, tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chutney, relish, plum sauce, sweet chilli sauce, sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, honey, fortified wines, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, green beans, leek, onions, spring onions, shallots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, beans (kidney, navy etc), legumes (chick peas, lentils), rye flours and breads, barley, wheat and wheat based products e.g many breakfast cereals (read the label), wheat based breads, biscuits, crackers, cakes, pies, pastas, pizzas and some noodles. Inulin and fructooligosaccharides (some prebiotics).
There are six stages to the fructose intolerance treatment, usually the first stage will last for two weeks, then depending on how you respond, and how diligent you are with your food choices really will dictate the length of your treatment, but a fructose intolerance can be treated successfully, and your life can be returned back to normal.