Misconceptions About Sucrose Intolerance
Sucrose intolerance is an underdiagnosed and misunderstood disorder. Patients who struggle with this disease wish that others understood what they are going through. Here are 12 things that someone with sucrose intolerance would like to educate others on:
- Yes, even one treat can make me sick. Even just a little bit can harm me.
- No, it is not an allergy. No, it is not anaphylactic. I will not die the minute I eat something, but it is still bad for me if I am not careful about what I eat and if I do not follow the medical care plan set up for me.
- No, it is not diabetes. Insulin will not help.
- No, gluten-free is not better for me. Gluten often has more starch and sucrose than regular items.
- No, it is not just a little upset tummy. I can be sick for days if I eat something I should not.
- No, I am not just a picky eater. This is a medically necessary diet, not a choice.
- It is more than a special diet and medication. If I do not follow my diet, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies, weight loss, low concentration and low energy.
- Yes, everyone might get a tummy ache or diarrhea every once in a while. For me it can be explosive and painful all the time, interfering with my quality of life and health. It is not just indigestion I can deal with.
- No, I am not lucky because sucrose intolerance forces me to eat right. I still have to exercise self-discipline. It is not any easier for me to turn down that chocolate cupcake than it would be for any other person.
- No, I am not lucky because at least I will not get fat. It is sometimes hard for me to meet my calorie requirements.
- Yes, carrots have sucrose.
- No, not all fruit only has fructose. In fact, almost all fruit has sucrose in it.