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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I take supplements if I have fructose intolerance?

    Due to fructose intolerance I avoid fruits… thus I am lacking a lot of essential vitamins. What supplements/vitamins are recommended?
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    We first need to find out whether or not you have had fructose intolerance from birth (hereditary) or you have developed fructose malabsorption? I have found that in my experience patients with fructose malabsorption can handle some fruits over others as some have a higher fructose:glucose ratio. Fruits that you may be able to tolerate are:

    • Banana, blueberries, grape, honeydew melon, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, passionfruit, paw paw, raspberry, rockmelon, strawberry, tangelo, rockmelon 
    The best advice I can give you is to book yourself in with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who specialises in food intolerances. You can find one at www.daa.asn.au, They will also be able to advise you which vitamin and mineral supplement will work best for you if needed.

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    Ellen Moran

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Ellen Moran is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who promotes credible nutrition information, tailored to your personal health goals and needs. She has a special interest … View Profile

    No, you should not take supplements as a response to having fructose intolerance, nor should you be avoiding all fruits  - there are many ‘safe’ fruits that fructose malabsorbers can consume, such as bananas, strawberries, kiwi fruit, pineapple and oranges (to name just a few of many!). Like all cases, the best nutrition comes out of eating real food, as opposed to singular vitamins and minerals in a processed supplement.

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    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

    As Ellen has said, there is no need to take supplements due to limiting fruits that contain excess fructose or other FODMAP containing foods. If you haven't seen a dietitian and worked through the FODMAP challenge process, I strongly advise you do this. You may find you can tolerate many of the foods you initially cut out. I have many clients who have tested positive on breath testing who can tolerate small amounts of mango, pear, apple, watermelon and even onion. Most can tolerate small amounts of regular wheat, garlic, mushrooms, snow peas, cauliflower and legumes.

    Food intolerance is all about long term moderation rather than long term restriction, you only need to restrict initially in order to find out what you need to moderate.

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