Fructose or Sorbitol Intolerance

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Fructose or Sorbitol Intolerance

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Fructose and sorbitol are two sugars that often are added to processed foods and medications to make them taste sweet. Fructose can be found in soda pop and many fruit juice drinks. Sorbitol is found in diet products, chewing gum, candy, Popsicles, and some medications (such as syrups for fevers and colds). Sometimes sorbitol and fructose are added to the same product.

Gas, abdominal bloating and pain, and diarrhea are common symptoms of fructose or sorbitol intolerance.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Last Revised May 27, 2010

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