Fructose can make you sick

Did you know that Fructose can make you sick? Fructose-related illness is a confusing topic because there are a number of separate issues to understand. It is a good idea to keep your fructose intake low.

So, what is Fructose? Fructose is a sugar, which combined with glucose forms the common sugar sucrose (table sugar). So fructose is found in just about anything that tastes sweet: fruits, jams, honey, carrots, table sugar (sucrose).

Fructose can make you sick

Fructose is associated with lots of ill health.

1) Fructose not metabolized

This rare disorder is called “Hereditary Fructose Intolerance”. This is a rare, congenital disease. The body cannot make the enzymes to metabolise fructose. This is potentially lethal. It needs to be diagnosed in infancy. Babies with this severe illness have to be on a strict fructose-free diet.

2) Fructose Malabsorption.
This is very common, and over one-in-four people do not absorb fructose very well. It is thought that the special “transporters” to absorb fructose into the gut are deficient in these people. The outcome of this is that fructose is not digested. This causes symptoms lower down in the gut (the colon) you get bloating and diarrhoea. Symptoms of irritable bowel.
However, whenever there is gut damage in the upper intestine, fructose can be malabsorbed. So with celiac disease, gastro-enteritis, milk-enteropathy, chronic bowel infections, Crohn’s disease, fructose can make symptoms worse. Often also associated with lactose intolerance.
3) Fructose in FODMAPs.
Fructose is one of the sugars that has been grouped together in the FODMAP which stands for: Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. Avoiding these food chemicals helps many people with irritable bowel feel a lot better. However, it becomes a very complex diet, and almost impossible if gluten-free and dairy free.
4) Fructose makes you fat and sick.
Fructose is strongly implicated in obesity.  As a nation, we consume a horrific amount of sugar, that is 50% fructose. We are consuming over a hundred times more sugar compared with 100 years ago. This sugar-binge is making the nation fat, causing heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
5 ) Fructose-laden gluten-free food.
Just because a food claims to be gluten-free, this does not make it healthy. Lots of sweet gluten-free foods are laden with large amounts of sugar (half of which is fructose) and fat. If you are on a gluten-free diet, please be careful to go for fresh fruit and veggies rather than the sugar-coated treats.
It is a good idea to keep your fructose intake low. Having it in whole fruits (that is with the fiber) is ok.