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Fructose Malbsorption, Light Bulb Moment Again, Drats!
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All this time I knew I had a problem with sugar, apples, bananas, squash, splenda, aspartame, etc. Just thought it was problems with going gluten free. I have seen mention on here many a time about fructose malabsorption and foodmap stuff. Never really paid it any attention until last night when I decided to google it. Like I said, light bulb moment.

Now, I understand why some foods are still messing with me. So here we go again, with another tweaking. But this time I know what i'm doing and looking for. Nothing like practise. Lol.

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All this time I knew I had a problem with sugar, apples, bananas, squash, splenda, aspartame, etc. Just thought it was problems with going gluten free. I have seen mention on here many a time about fructose malabsorption and foodmap stuff. Never really paid it any attention until last night when I decided to google it. Like I said, light bulb moment.

Now, I understand why some foods are still messing with me. So here we go again, with another tweaking. But this time I know what i'm doing and looking for. Nothing like practise. Lol.

Bummer, though I'm glad you figured it out. You might like the Yahoo! FM group.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/fructose_malabsorption_australia/

This is a pretty good resource too, by one of the group moderators.

http://hedra.pbworks.com/

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All this time I knew I had a problem with sugar, apples, bananas, squash, splenda, aspartame, etc. Just thought it was problems with going gluten free. I have seen mention on here many a time about fructose malabsorption and foodmap stuff. Never really paid it any attention until last night when I decided to google it. Like I said, light bulb moment.

Now, I understand why some foods are still messing with me. So here we go again, with another tweaking. But this time I know what i'm doing and looking for. Nothing like practise. Lol.

I know how frustrating that is. The same thing happened to me not long after I went gluten free a few years ago. I couldn't eat ANY fruit or any sugar in any form. However, after I completely cut out sugar and fructose for close to a year, I began to be able to eat bananas (don't know why bananas didn't affect me as much) and as my gut healed (I guess), I was able to eat some other fruits again. It has now been about two years since I had any non-fruit sugar, but this past summer I was able to eat a huge bowl of watermelon, canteloupe, kiwi, and grapes every single day with no adverse effects. I still can't eat most fruits that have the skins on (like apples, etc.) because they are harder to digest, but very happily, my fructose problem seems to be manageable. I don't know if this will happen for you, but maybe try cutting out all sugar and stay off the non-fruit sugar long-term if not permanently, if you think it's worth a try. Agave once in a while has been possible for me, as it has a lower glycemic index and is more natural, whereas just a tiny sugar cube affects me as badly as gluten does. Good luck and I hope you will be able to enjoy fruit again!

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gleegan- bananas actually can be tolerable with fructose malabsorption- as long as they're more ripe. still im only eating 1/2 a banana at a time.

also- your post gives me hope that in less than a year from now, my fructose issues could get better.

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gleegan- bananas actually can be tolerable with fructose malabsorption- as long as they're more ripe. still im only eating 1/2 a banana at a time.

also- your post gives me hope that in less than a year from now, my fructose issues could get better.

That makes sense since I don't like bananas that are not ripe (I always avoid them if they have ANY green). Thanks for explaining that. Yes, please don't lose hope. As frustrating as it can be to find out there's a new thing we can't have, I have definitely been able to reintegrate things that I thought were gone for good. Sugar overload seems to be a common thing - maybe your body, once recovered, will be able to handle fruit again. :)

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I have issues with fructose and fructans too. My fructose test came back negative but I'm sticking to the fodmap diet because I feel better. I had SIBO which exasperated all of my issues. I can have a tiny bit of cooked apple, coconut milk and lemon and lime. That's it for fruit. I can't tolerate any onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, or asparagus. I can have tomato sauce once a week and only one serving, say on spaghetti or pizza. Any more than that and my esophagus flares up and I have heartburn for days. Salad kills me. I can have well cooked corn, potatoes, carrots, green beans, beans, and squash. It feels really weird not to eat fruit and veggies (as well as no gluten, soy or lactose) but I feel so much better. I've always eaten a ton of veggies for variety and nutrition so I feel like I'm being bad. I haven't touched any stone fruits since May and there's a lot of veggies I haven't tried too. Even though what I eat is limited it just feels good not to be in pain. It's wroth trying if you have tried everything else.

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