3 (Flour-Free!) Alternative Noodle Options for Fructose Malabsorption

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Pasta!!!  My favorite food!  And even though I had to give up wheat, does not mean I had to give up my noodles.  I found some great substitutions, and I actually like Ancient Harvest’s corn and quinoa noodles better than traditional pasta!
This food journey has taught me so much; I’ve learned that substitutions don’t have to be second best.  They can really add something special when put in the right dish.  I’ve also discovered so many weird edibles I didn’t know even existed.  The following are three types of “noodles” not made from flour! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Products: Stevia–a Sugar Substitute

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It’s commonly known among FMers that if we want sugar, our safest choices would be dextrose or glucose.  But what about Stevia?  I had my husband pick up some Truvia for me and was pretty bummed when I saw that it contained xylitol, which can cause gas and bloating even for people who don’t have FM.  It turns out that most stevia products are mixed with xylitol, but I found one on Amazon that is pure stevia. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Products: Asafoetida–A Substitue For Onion and Garlic

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***UPDATE 1/25/16
A concerned reader has pointed out that asafoetida is not safe for children or pregnant women.  See the comments below for more.

Giving up garlic and onion when you have fructose malabsorption is tough because they are in so many recipes.  Some people can tolerate one or the other, but I know that if I even smell an onion, things can get ugly.

But you never have to settle for flavorless food again!  Asafoetida powder mimics the taste of garlic and onion (personally I think it’s more like onion) when cooked.  Beware of the smell in it’s raw form though: it didn’t get its nickname “Devil’s Dung” by accident.  Make sure to store it in an airtight container, ’cause it really stinks. Continue reading