FeaturesJun/Jul 2013 Issue

Sensitive to Sugar

Sensitive to Sugar

Fructose is what’s called a simple sugar. Found naturally in many fruits, fructose is widely used as a sweetener (often as high fructose corn syrup) in foods ranging from catsup to bread. Normally, fructose is absorbed in the small intestine. But in people with FM, fructose passes directly into the large intestine, where bacteria ferment it, producing gases—hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, belching, diarrhea or constipation may result.

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