What is a sucrose intolerance and how do I deal with it?
Help! You’ve found out you have a sucrose intolerance, but now what? What exactly is it and what can you do about it to minimize symptoms? Fortunately, you don’t have to worry. We’ve listed everything you need to know about sucrose intolerance for you!
What is sucrose intolerance?
So let’s get to it, what is sucrose intolerance exactly?The term sucrose includes the substances glucose and fructose. When you consume food, the body separates the fructose and glucose. Enzymes are produced in the body that can break down sugars. We also call these enzymes sucrase. When you are deficient in this enzyme, it can cause you to tolerate sugar poorly. Starch is also not broken down well when there is a shortage of this enzyme. It is also possible that the enzyme is not produced at all, or it is produced but the enzyme does not work properly. This can lead to varying complaints. This is very frustrating because sugars are added to many products. Research has been done on this intolerance and it appears that 1 in 5000 people suffer from it.
What is the cause of sucrose intolerance?
The cause of sucrose intolerance varies. This is a condition that you can carry with you from birth. The cause is usually an inherited gene that deviates. It is also possible that an intolerance develops over the years. This may be due to old age or intestinal problems.
What are the symptoms of sucrose intolerance?
There are several symptoms that you may experience, this is different for each person. For example, you may experience stomach cramps, diarrhea or bloating. These symptoms occur when the sugars cannot be broken down when they enter the intestine. The sugars take up moisture, this therefore leads to the intestine retaining a lot of fluid. Hence, many people experience cramps and diarrhea with sucrose intolerance.
What can you do about sucrose intolerance?
It is important that you consume little or no sugar. It is also better to avoid starch products. You can eat products with glucose or fructose. This will relieve the intestine from working too hard. If you have persistent symptoms, we recommend you contact the specialists at Intoleran. They are specialists in intolerances and can give you the best tools to deal with sucrose intolerance.