Fructose is a ‘monosaccharide’ (meaning it is a single sugar molecule), found in many fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, honey, agave and many processed foods. Fructose malabsorption is a common condition, where fructose absorption in the gut is reduced. The unabsorbed fructose is not harmful, but as it moves through the digestive tract, it can result in symptoms like bloating, discomfort, wind and diarrhoea. Our dietitians can help you understand fructose malabsorption, and provide education about suitable food choices, recipes, products and meal planning.
Fructose is a FODMAP sugar, and avoiding excess fructose forms part of the low FODMAP diet. If you have persistent gut symptoms, the low FODMAP diet may be suitable diet to try. Because of the complexity of the diet, we highly recommend you consult the experts (us!), to help you keep as many foods in your diet, and get the best results.