How to Manage Fructose Problems

There’s nothing better in summer. You are on the beach or at some exotic destination. The weather is warm and the sky is azure blue without a cloud in the sky. There’s hardly a breeze and the beautiful rays of the sun delight your skin and senses as you lie back on your towel. A few birds fly overhead. The waves undulate – no wild and crashing weather today. In short, everything is just about perfect.

The only thing that could possibly top it off to absolute perfection is a great, big fresh and succulent mango.


This scenario is the reality for many who suffer fructose malabsorption. It is a difficult and pervading problem and it means that the normal joys of fruit and all their goodness is not really possible. Some estimates claim that as many as 30% of the population of the western world and Africa suffer from some form of fructose malabsorption.

Fructose malabsorption is common and is caused by problems in the small intestine. Fructose cannot be properly broken down and the whole system then becomes clogged with too much of this complex sugar.[1]

As a naturopath and practitioner I frequently deal with people who have some level of fructose malabsorption. It can be managed and there are various approaches and treatments that may help. Not everyone will experience full and extreme fructose intolerance that leads to such discomfort that they no longer want to eat fruit, but many will experience symptoms of digestive irritability and gas build up if the problem is not treated and monitored.

Here are some tips to help you with your fructose malabsorption problems:

  • Stay away from fruits with a high fructose concentration (apples, pears, fruit juice, sultanas, dried fruits, watermelon.)
  • Avoid honey. Honey is high in fructose and while it contains antioxidants and a lot of goodies, it will exacerbate flatulence and digestive irritability and bloating if you have fructose absorption issues.
  • Eat fruits with a higher glucose than fructose ratio. These include stone fruits and various berries (such as blueberries and blackberries.)

The main mode of management is dietary change and alteration. Therefore it may be important for you to seek the advice and guidance of qualified specialists such as a naturopath or dietician or nutritionist. You may then receive informed advice that guides you to manage the symptoms of this common and frustrating condition.

For more information contact A Natural Self or come into the new premises in Hamilton Hill. We look forward to hearing from you.