I Love Desserts but My Stomach Doesn’t
Who doesn’t like eating desserts? Apple pie, chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate bars…I could go on and on. If it is sweet, you like it. But what if these sweets are the cause of your stomach problems?
Some of you can’t properly digest table sugar, also called sucrose, which is found in sweets. That means you have Sucrose Intolerance caused by Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID). CSID is a condition you are born with, and the symptoms may start to appear once you start eating baby food.
In extreme cases, babies with CSID may fail to grow normally and could have a lot of stomach problems every time they eat table sugar. The symptoms of CSID may not always be extreme; in fact, they can differ from one person to another. Because the symptoms of CSID are not the same for everyone, it makes the diagnosis more challenging for doctors.
Signs and symptoms of CSID could include one or more of the following: diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating, or gassiness. Does any of these sound familiar? The signs and symptoms for CSID can also look like symptoms of other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and even celiac disease.
Sometimes those of you with CSID can’t digest starches, such as breads, wheat, grains, and rice. The reason is that the protein that helps digest sucrose is also involved in digesting starches. If there is a problem or defect with the sucrose-digesting protein, then you may not be able to eat foods containing table sugar and starches without having stomach problems.
There are many different forms of sugars, and there are different proteins in your body to help digest these different sugars. Glucose, fructose, and lactose are all sugars, and all of them are in your diet.
Most of you have heard of lactose intolerance. People with lactose intolerance can’t digest the lactose sugar found in milk and other dairy products. They either avoid foods and drinks containing lactose or take a supplement that contains the proteins that can digest lactose. If they do not take the supplement, they experience gassiness, diarrhea, and other stomach issues.
If you have CSID, it’s important for you to be properly diagnosed. You can go to sucroseintolerance.com for more information and even find information for your doctor. If you do have CSID, there are ways to treat your condition. Maybe then you can have your desserts and eat them, too.