We all know that fruit is good for us, right? Well, you might be surprised to learn that everyone (all of us) has a limited ability to absorb fructose, the main sugar found in fruit. In fact, it’s estimated that only half the population can completely absorb an amount of 25 grams of fructose in their diet. And yet, the daily intake of fructose can range up to 54 grams!

Diets rich in fruit, honey, soda with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and processed foods all contribute to an abundance of fructose in our diet. Additionally, agave syrup, which has gained recent popularity as a sweetener, contains excess fructose as well. In the United States, the outrageous surge of HFCS use has increased fructose consumption and has likely contributed to the increased incidence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); and it may contribute to overweight and obesity as well.

Incomplete absorption of fructose in the small intestines can cause a little gas and bloating for anyone, but people with IBS have very sensitive digestive tracts and can experience this as extreme pain that is often accompanied by diarrhea. Some experts believe that 50 percent of those with IBS experience fructose malabsorption.

If you have IBS and suspect you are intolerant of fructose, try limiting the following foods:

  • Apples
  • Coconut Milk and coconut cream
  • Dried fruit and fruit juices
  • Guava
  • Honey
  • Mangoes
  • Molasses
  • Pears
  • Products made with HFCS
  • Sherry and port wine
  • Watermelon

Are you are experience digestive issues that you suspect are related to your diet? I’d be happy to help.  Give me a call so we can set up a time to meet and discuss your symptoms.  Together we will create an eating plan to get you feeling better.

Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS, RD 


Are you ready to get back on track with your healthy eating habits? I can help you find simple ways to eat better so you can lose some weight, have more energy, and enjoy the summer.

LET’S TALK.  I look forward to speaking with you.

If you need help creating a healthy eating plan, give me a call @ 732-494-1149.

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