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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What happens if I consume fructose..?

    How serious is it? What do I do?
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  • Specializing in weight reduction, diabetes and cholesterol management, high blood pressure, GIT disorders - including IBS, coeliac disease, food intolerance and food chemical sensitivity, childhood … View Profile

    If you have fructose intolerance you may experience bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, wind and alternating bowel habits. It is only as serious as your symptoms are. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms then you will need to avoid food that contains fructose.

  • At figureate, accredited practising dietitians Zoe Nicholson and Marlene Gojanovic will help you get off the dieting merry-go-round and show you how to change your … View Profile

    For most people, nothing will happen on consumption of foods containing fructose, except for the usual digestion, absorption, energy and nutrient intake from all food.
    Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar and can definitely be part of a healthy diet.
    If you experience IBS symptoms after eating foods such as apples, pears, honey you may be having trouble absorbing EXCESS fructose. However, apples and pears also contain sorbitol and honey is very high salicylate and therefore you can not jump to conclusion that excess fructose is the issue. This is why if you suspect you have food intolerance is it important to seek help from an accredited practising dietitian with experience in this area. If it is the excess fructose, then you do not need to avoid all foods containing fructose as it is only EXCESS fructose that is the problem (sorry Tracey need to correct you on that one). The amount of fructose in most fruits, eg bananas, oranges, berries, kiwi, pineapple etc is not a problem. If you feel any of these fruits are problematic then you may be intolerant to natural food chemicals – again, seek help from a dietitian.

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