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I’ve been diagnosed with lactose and fructose intolerance. can you recommend a diet?

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  • Dr. Chris February 14, 2011

    The doctor who made the diagnosis should have provided you with a dietary guidelines and recommended that you see a dietitian to help structure a suitable eating plan. Hopefully you have consulted with the dietitian as he/she will be aware of any other underlying factors that may be at play here.

    The key is not on a diet but rather healthy eating plan with a list of foods that you can eat and should avoid. This will allow you to make informed decisions when it comes to what you eat. A strict diet where you are told exactly what to eat with set quantities is tedious and most patients abandon this. Rather educate yourself about the appropriate food choices.

    With lactose, you have to be cautious of dairy products and while some products like cheese in small amounts are not a problem, certain varieties may be an irritant. Dietary recommendations can be found here – http://www.healthhype.com/what-is-lactose-intolerance-symptoms-test-diet-medicine.html

    With fructose intolerance the dietary guideline may not be as simple. You can read more about the eating plan in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/foods-high-in-fructose-sorbitol-fructans-and-fodmaps.html

    Take note of foods that irritate you specifically that may not be on these lists. A food diary may be helpful but your dietitian should provide you with one of these to record your eating habits and symptoms over a period of time.

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