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


***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