Healthy Eating – Fructose Malabsorption

Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away? Below you will find a bunch of random websites. I’m going to post this now, but may add to it over time.

You can read what Stephen wrote over at WholeHealthSource regarding this article: “Fructose intake at current levels in the United States may cause gastrointestinal distress in normal adults.” 

I must admit that most of the article makes my head absolutely spin. Here is what I learned… for me (one who has a messed up gut because of eating the recommended 6-8 servings of grains for the past 40 years)… a high fructose diet is a bad idea.  

Read the post at EvolutionaryPsychiatry for dietary eating strategies regarding fructose. Here are a few fruits with an imbalance of fructose to glucose:

Apple, pear, guava, melon, mango, papaya, watermelon, star fruit

After reading CoolingInflammation I believe that if you have a good gut, then you can eat these items occasionally and that we probably need to (ie. few apple slices for inulin.) Work on the gut issues by eating yogurt, kefir, variety of veggies.

An article from TrackYourPlaque states:

“Add to this the data that show that fructose increases uric acid (that causes gout and may act as a coronary risk factor), induces leptin resistance, causes metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes), and increases appetite, and it is clear that fructose is yet another common food additive that, along with wheat, is likely a big part of the reason Americans are fat and diabetic.”

An article from Nutritional-Healing states:

“In fructose malabsorption a persons ability to absorb fructose, fruit sugar, is impaired. This results in fructose passing through the intestines and being fermented by bacteria, causing both gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal bloating/cramps, constipation, loose stools, diarrhea or flatulence) and increased proliferation of certain intestinal bacteria and yeast which metabolise fructose.”

Similar to my last post, there are a lot of controversies regarding fructose malabsorption. However, I had never even considered the possiblity that you could eat the wrong fruit. Until I did just that and ended up having a huge gut ache from my “healthy food”. Not all  fruits and vegetables are created equally. The best way to find out if you are affected or not is to keep a food journal.

One question I have is this:  There are properties in raw honey that are supposed to help with allergies…is it worth it to eat a bit for that? Too funny – right after I wrote that I found this comment that Stephen wrote to another person that had the same question: 

 Jenny,

In my opinion, raw honey is one of the best sweeteners, if not the best. It’s somewhat nutritious, it’s fairly easily assimilated, and it tastes damn good. As with fruit, I don’t see anything wrong with using honey in moderation.

I’m adding this link in so I don’t lose it about fatty liver disease. ??? Why is this a problem now and it wasn’t back in the primal era?  They didn’t eat apples 365 days a year?!?!

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