The Trouble with Fructose

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Having Fructose Malabsorption can be really really difficult.  I’ll admit, there are times when I think “how can I go on like this?”  Especially when I smell pizza.  And then the other day, I was catching up on one of my favorite magazines: Psychology Today (it was from about 2 years ago–I’m very behind), when I turned the page to see the headline: The Trouble with Fructose.  My heart was pounding as I read it, looking for the words “Fructose Malabsorption” anywhere.  Alas, it made no mention of us poor FMers.  It did, however, make me feel so much better about my lot in life.  Even better than talking about how fructose is basically poison to those of us with Fructose Malabsorption, the author talks about how fructose is poison for everyone!  The article links it to dementia and says fructose is “best avoided in any portion size.” Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


These were surprisingly easy to make and waaaaay better than the store-bought version! I found the recipe on Martha Stewart’s website, but I made a few adjustments so that it yields only 24 (because who has 2 mini muffin trays?). Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cheeseburger and Fries with Sticky Rice


This is one of my favorite meals!  Well, it is now anyway.  I love sticky rice, but you can use regular white rice if you don’t have a rice cooker.  If you can make the sticky rice a day or two ahead of time, it will be better. Continue reading

The Elimination Diet


Update: After taking the Mediator Release Test, I have found some of the foods I was eating during the elimination diet were making me sick.  This is most likely a personal thing since those particular foods don’t contain fructose, but if you are concerned with any of the foods listed below, please look into the Mediator Release Test!

The Elimination Diet: “Blech”–need I say more?  I suppose I should.

The Reason

The purpose of an elimination diet is to cleanse your system of the fructose that is causing you harm and let your body heal so you can identify exactly what foods affect you.

How To Do It Continue reading