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The Sibling Issue: Emotions That May Arise When a Child in Your Family Has Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, March 16th, 2018, My Story

Siblings of a child diagnosed with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID) may experience negative emotions. Here are some of the emotions that may arise and suggestions for ways that parents might tackle them.  

Slow-Cooker, Pepper-Jack Cauliflower

Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Recipes

Cauliflower, with its low-fat and carbohydrate and high vitamin C levels is becoming more and more popular. Not only can the vegetable, which is a type of cabbage in disguise, be boiled, it can be fried, steamed, pickled, eaten raw, and now even riced. It can also disguise itself as mashed potatoes or rice at… READ MORE

Rare Disease Day Includes Sucrose Intolerance

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, News

Rare Disease Day is February 28, 2018. The objective of Rare Disease Day is to encourage researchers and decision makers to address unmet needs and find new treatments for people living with rare conditions. This year get involved and raise awareness for sucrose intolerance. What’s a Rare Disease? A disease is considered rare if it… READ MORE

Creamy Shrimp, Spinach, and Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Boats

Friday, February 23rd, 2018, Recipes

Spaghetti squash is one of those intriguing, slightly exotic vegetables that can be baked, steamed, boiled, or microwaved, making it very easy to prepare. You can even turn the “noodles” into traditional pasta and serve them as a healthy, nutritious substitute for the real thing. In this recipe, roasted spaghetti squash is smothered with a… READ MORE

Find Restrooms Anywhere, Fast

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, News

Don’t let sucrose intolerance keep you at home. Venture out knowing you have a plan. With sucrose intolerance, also known as Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID), it can be tricky to move freely throughout the day, unsure when symptoms like diarrhea and gas will strike. When they do, it’s essential to find a restroom — pronto!… READ MORE

Sucrose Intolerance and Medications

Thursday, February 15th, 2018, News

If you have sucrose intolerance, you must be mindful of foods you consume. But you must also be mindful of medications you take. Some medications contain sucrose, especially liquid medications. Oral Over-the-Counter Medications For most over-the-counter medications, safe alternatives exist that do not contain sucrose. Reading the label is vitally important and should be done… READ MORE

No-Bake Chocolate Lasagna

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, Recipes

If you ‘re looking for an easy, no-bake dessert, chocolate lasagna wins the prize. This layered dessert with crushed Oreos, cream cheese, sugar-free chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip is also a winner for a low-sucrose diet. Serves 12 Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals…. READ MORE

GSID and the College Student

Thursday, February 8th, 2018, News

Going to college is a major milestone for any student. This transition can be really exciting, but it could also be scary for a student with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID). The best way to deal with that fear is to be prepared. By ensuring you have the right tools and have sufficiently planned for your healthcare… READ MORE

Bacon and Asparagus Faux-Risotto

Friday, February 2nd, 2018, Recipes

Spiralized yellow squash takes the place of rice in this lightened-up version of classic risotto. Creamy cauliflower gives the richness you would expect in this type of dish without the regret, but it’s the addition of a hint of bacon and cheese that keeps the flavors decadent! Savor this low-sucrose, low-starch recipe. Sucrose and starch… READ MORE

The Big Sugar-Coated Deception

Thursday, February 1st, 2018, News

Eskimos have 50 different words for snow. A tribe in Alaska has as many as 70 words for ice. Americans have 57 different words for sugar. These facts really shouldn’t be surprising. Ice and snow are major factors in the lives of Eskimos and Alaskans. And, sadly, with the large number of Americans who are… READ MORE

Crock Pot, Low-Carb, Un-Stuffed Cabbage-Roll Soup

Friday, January 26th, 2018, Recipes

Crock Pot Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty, low-carb meal you can make any weeknight. You may or may not be a cabbage fan, but this recipe might just win you over. This is one of those comforting meals on a cold day, and you can make it in your crock pot or just… READ MORE

The Skinny on My Diet Soda Habit

Thursday, January 25th, 2018, News

If it was late afternoon, chances are that you would find me sitting in a drive-thru. A mid-afternoon diet soda was part of my daily ritual, and I was very particular about it. It had to come from the “Golden Arches.” A can of diet soda from a vending machine would not cut it. My… READ MORE

Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas

Friday, January 19th, 2018, Recipes

The bold truth? You won’t even miss the tortillas because the flavor of these chicken enchiladas with all the Southwestern spices and cheeses is so delicious. By substituting zucchini for the tortilla, you eliminate all of the starch and carbs. This is the perfect dish for anyone on a low-starch, low-sucrose diet. Sucrose and starch… READ MORE

Has Gluten-Free Failed You? Here’s What To Do Next

Thursday, January 18th, 2018, Ask the Doctor

Emeran Mayer, MD and Steven Tan, MD   If you’ve had virtually any health issue in the last decade, you may have considered or actually tried going gluten-free. Indeed, many people swear that cutting gluten out of their diets has been their best health move. Unfortunately, going gluten-free does not work for everyone. This is… READ MORE

Power Protein Egg Cups

Friday, January 12th, 2018, Recipes

Mornings can be a mad rush, and often breakfast is an afterthought. That’s why you might want to try these protein-packed egg cups. The simple recipes for these grab-and-go mini-omelets make enough for a week. Go for it and try all three versions: Power Protein, Southwestern, and Super Green Egg Cups. Store extras in the fridge, and… READ MORE

Food Isn’t Making You Fat!

Thursday, January 11th, 2018, My Story

By: Emma Brown Two months ago I threw my bathroom scale out the window. Granted, I live in a one-story house and it landed safely in a shrub, but I still felt a bit better. Unfortunately, my husband wanted to weigh himself after his shower. As I trudged around the back of the house to… READ MORE

Rosemary Portobello Chicken

Friday, January 5th, 2018, Recipes

Rosemary and chicken already go well together. Adding mushrooms and a creamy sauce makes a dish feel special without being overly fussy or complicated.  This rosemary and mushrooms combination makes for a delicious chicken dish that is sure to delight. Bonus: You can make it all in just one skillet! This recipe is low-sucrose and… READ MORE

Bacon-Wrapped Filet with Blue Cheese Butter Sauce

Friday, December 29th, 2017, Recipes

Set the table, dim the lights, and cue the music. Serve this bacon-wrapped filet for a romantic anniversary dinner or any special occasion. This steak pairs well with any low-sucrose, low-starch side, such as cauliflower mash and a light salad. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal… READ MORE

How to Explain Sucrose Intolerance to Friends and Family

Thursday, December 28th, 2017, News

If you have sucrose intolerance, it is your choice how much you share with others about your medical condition. You do not owe anyone an explanation since it may be embarrassing to talk about the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with sucrose intolerance.  It is for you – and no one else – to decide. However, there… READ MORE

Breakfast Mexi Peppers

Friday, December 22nd, 2017, Recipes

These stuffed Mexi peppers make a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be baked in the oven or the slow cooker. Here is a tip when preparing the peppers. If the bottoms of your peppers are a little uneven, make sure they are snug in the pan so they don’t move and the ingredients… READ MORE

Hearty Ratatouille with Goat Cheese

Friday, December 15th, 2017, Recipes

This hearty ratatouille is a healthy dish with colorful vegetables, tangy tomato sauce, and simple herbs that is easy to make for family and guests. The goat cheese gives it that smooth, richness that rounds up the overall balance of flavors along with the vegetables. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the… READ MORE

Holidays and GSID: Plan Ahead and Have Fun

Thursday, December 14th, 2017, News

The holiday season is upon us. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve there are abundant food choices at multiple holiday parties. After being diagnosed with genetic sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (GSID) five years ago, I know from personal experience that this time of year can be a real challenge to anyone with food restrictions. Navigating holiday parties… READ MORE

Chocolate Crackles

Friday, December 8th, 2017, Recipes

Chocolate Crackles are an easy dessert that will delight children and adults. Not only are crackles a traditional treat for kids, they are simple to make so your little helpers can get involved. These low-sucrose crackles are delicious and the perfect dessert for you or someone you know who has sucrose intolerance. Sucrose and starch… READ MORE

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Friday, December 1st, 2017, Recipes

Here are all the flavors of a classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but in a stuffed pepper variation. These peppers are low-carb and gluten-free and a great choice for lunch, dinner, or even as an appetizer. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 8 ounces… READ MORE

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Friday, November 24th, 2017, Recipes

Here is an interesting solution to the leftover Thanksgiving turkey dilemma. Loaded with healthy vegetables, turkey, and great southwestern spices topped with shredded cheese, this low-sucrose, low-starch soup is perfect for lunch or dinner. It is quick and easy to make and can be adapted to your taste and tolerance for spices. Sucrose and starch… READ MORE

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Friday, November 17th, 2017, Recipes

The only thing better than a full plate of caramelized Brussels sprouts is a plate of Brussels sprouts with salt-cured, peppered pancetta. This delicious side dish complements the turkey or any main dish at Thanksgiving or any day of the year for that matter. This is a low-sucrose, low-starch recipe that will delight your family… READ MORE

The Emotions of Getting Diagnosed With Sucrose Intolerance

Thursday, November 16th, 2017, News

Immediately after diagnosis, many Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID) patients start to grieve for the loss of the “normal” life that they no longer have. They must deal with the shock and pain of diagnosis and learn to accept the new reality of life with a chronic condition. Feeling isolated is a very common emotion associated… READ MORE

Hot Caramelized Onion Dip

Friday, November 10th, 2017, Recipes

This hot, caramelized, onion dip is a great appetizer for anyone on a low-sucrose diet. Instead of using bread to scoop the cheesy mixture, substitute low-sucrose veggies, like endive leaves or celery. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 5 slices bacon (no-sugar added)… READ MORE

Omelet Waffles

Friday, November 3rd, 2017, Recipes

Looking for a totally new, easy-to-prepare, savory waffle recipe? Skip the flour and make waffle omelets! Cook eggs and veggies on a waffle iron for a quick and easy breakfast. This recipe is great for using leftover vegetables, like onions, peppers, scallions, black olives, and mushrooms. Feel free to use any low-sucrose, low-starch vegetables you… READ MORE

Helping Tweens and Teens Deal with Sucrose Intolerance

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, News

Tweens and teens with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID) may face some unique issues related to their cognitive and emotional development. The two sections below describe some tips parents and caregivers can use to help these young people understand and manage their sucrose intolerance. Tweens Even though most older school-aged children and tweens understand the aspects… READ MORE

Sheet Pan Turkey Meatballs with Cauliflower and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Friday, October 27th, 2017, Recipes

After cooking dinner on a sheet pan, you’ll be tempted to throw out all of your other pans, skillets, and pots. We’re kidding, but using a sheet pan is an easy way to cook for a crowd or get dinner on the table without having to do a ton of dishes at the end of… READ MORE

My Plans for a Spooky, Sugar-Free Halloween

Friday, October 20th, 2017, My Story

Author: Laura J. Halloween was tricky to manage last year for my daughter, Gabrielle, who has sucrose intolerance. I let her go trick-or-treating with her friends, but like all 9-year-olds, they were only interested in collecting as much candy as they could. Her friends ate so much candy! Not wanting to feel left out, Gabrielle… READ MORE

Sugar-Free Meringue Ghosts and Bones

Thursday, October 19th, 2017, Recipes

While no one is ever actually scared by spooky Halloween treats, I do know for a fact that many people are terrified to work with meringue. Hopefully these ghosts and bones will help chase those demons away. These low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free meringues are a favorite anytime. This light and airy treat is made with erythritol… READ MORE

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

Friday, October 13th, 2017, Recipes

Garlic butter smothered Portobello mushrooms stuffed and grilled with fresh mozzarella cheese, grape tomato slices, and drizzled with a rich balsamic glaze are delicious. These mushrooms are filling and perfect to have as a main dish, but they could easily be served as a side. If you are on a low-sucrose, low-starch diet, prepare the… READ MORE

Communicating With Healthcare Providers Effectively

Friday, October 6th, 2017, News

For many patients with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID), the road to diagnosis was a long and hard one. It may have taken months or years to get a correct diagnosis. During that time, some GSID patients felt that the healthcare providers did not believe them or questioned their symptoms or the severity of their symptoms…. READ MORE

Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas

Friday, October 6th, 2017, Recipes

Eggplant Pizza? You have to try it. This tasty recipe with its tomato base, Italian seasonings, and low-fat mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses is popular all year. These delicious pizzas are made on a base of roasted eggplant; and to top it off, they are low-carb, low-sucrose, low-starch, and meatless! This eggplant pizza is a great… READ MORE

One-Pan, Lemon-Garlic Baked Salmon and Asparagus

Friday, September 29th, 2017, Recipes

There are fewer than 10 ingredients in this one-pan meal. Packed with healthy fats and protein from the perfectly flaked salmon plus an impressive fiber count from the greens, it is good for you and easy to make. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals…. READ MORE

Breakfast Burrito

Friday, September 22nd, 2017, Recipes

This Breakfast Burrito, full of protein and vegetables, gets you ready for the day. This burrito is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, nut-free, soy-free, and sugar-free. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients Sliced ham, medium thick, cured with dextrose, not sucrose. You may need… READ MORE

Social Impacts of Having Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, September 22nd, 2017, News

Living life with sucrose intolerance can be challenging from a social perspective because your day-to-day activities may be impacted by your gastrointestinal symptoms. Even your relationships with other people could be impacted. In the paragraphs below, patients with sucrose intolerance have expressed some ways that their relationships with others has been affected. Comments on Relationships… READ MORE

Chive-Horseradish Cauliflower Mash

Friday, September 15th, 2017, Recipes

Mashed potatoes are hard to re-create, but this recipe does a pretty good job of curing anyone requiring a low-starch diet from their potato cravings.This dish is very versatile and would go well with just about any protein you serve alongside it. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to… READ MORE

Salmon and Avocado Caesar Salad

Friday, September 8th, 2017, Recipes

Crispy pan-fried salmon fillets meet Caesar salad for a twist on the traditional! Easy to make with creamy avocado slices, crunchy croutons, the tang of shaved Parmesan cheese, a runny poached egg on top and a lightened-up Caesar dressing. Omit the croutons if following a low-starch diet. This recipe is for two people, but can… READ MORE

Why Can’t I Get Stomach Relief?

Friday, September 8th, 2017, News

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD)? Celiac disease? Bacterial infection? Food allergy? Sugar intolerance? When your stomach is causing problems, such as gassiness, abdominal pain, bloating, or diarrhea, you probably do not care what you have as long as it gets better. But what you have does matter because understanding the problem can… READ MORE

Thinking Outside the Box

Friday, September 1st, 2017, Recipes

Do you get in a food rut? Same old dinner menus week in and week out? Then it is time to start thinking outside the box! Maybe you have served breakfast for dinner before, but think even further outside the box than bacon, eggs, grits and toast. How about a delicious and healthy meal made… READ MORE

GSID in the Work Setting

Friday, August 25th, 2017, News

Working when you have Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID) can pose many challenges. From dealing with bathroom issues and special food needs to missing work due to illness, workers with GSID need to prepare themselves for a positive employment situation. It may seem difficult or embarrassing to discuss GSID with your supervisor or co-workers, but it… READ MORE

Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Friday, August 25th, 2017, Recipes

This low-carb, low-sucrose* meal is perfect as an appetizer or main dish. You will not even miss the noodles with all of the melted cheese and tangy sauce. Make sure to select wide zucchini, so you can fit more filling in each Lasagna Zucchini Boat. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify… READ MORE

What Is Clean Eating?

Friday, August 18th, 2017, Recipes

In a nut shell, clean eating is eating food in its natural state. Clean eating is avoiding all the processed and refined foods we have come to depend on. If the typical American diet is no longer working for you, then you might just try clean eating. No more white flour, sugar, trans fats and… READ MORE

Oven Baked Rutabaga Fries

Friday, August 11th, 2017, Recipes

Satisfy your French fries craving with healthy Oven Baked Rutabaga Fries. Rutabaga is a root vegetable that has less than a third of the carbs and less than half the calories of potatoes. Rutabaga also has a bigger hit of vitamins and minerals. Rutabagas are a low-sucrose vegetable. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may… READ MORE

Handling Your Emotions When Your Child Has Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, August 11th, 2017, News

Parents and caregivers often have to deal with a range of emotions when a child is diagnosed with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency. Immediately after diagnosis, many parents start to grieve the “normal” life that the CSID child will not have. This is to be expected. Parents must deal with the shock and pain of diagnosis, and… READ MORE

Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado

Friday, August 4th, 2017, Recipes

This Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado is filled with a flavorful southwest mixture of tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno and cilantro. No mayo necessary here. It is the perfect healthy lunch. Pro Tip: Buy solid albacore tuna packed in olive oil , rather than tuna packed in water. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to… READ MORE

Low-Sucrose Peanut Butter Pie

Friday, July 28th, 2017, Recipes

The best part about this pie is that it is a total crowd pleaser and will not last long. That coupled with the fact that it can be made completely ahead of time makes it a perfect go-to recipe for easy entertaining! This low-sucrose pie is ultra-rich so cut small slivers; your guests will thank… READ MORE

Interpersonal Issues for the GSID Patient

Friday, July 28th, 2017, News

Parties, family gatherings and holidays are often food-focused, which can pose a problem for adults with GSID. Some recommendations to cope include eating before you attend, bringing your own food and suggesting that the event be activity-based versus food-based whenever possible. There are several practical things you can do on a daily basis to help… READ MORE

Everything Bagel Dogs

Friday, July 21st, 2017, Recipes

These low-carb, gluten-free bagel dogs are perfect for lunch or a snack. The dough is pretty simple to make. By adding xanthan gum, the almond meal does not have a crumbly texture after it is baked. Find low-sugar kosher hot dogs for low-sucrose diets. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the… READ MORE

Ginger Tzatziki Chicken Wraps

Friday, July 14th, 2017, Recipes

If you are looking for something to change up your chicken dinner, this Ginger Tzatziki Chicken Wrap meal is going to blow your mind! It’s a yummy and healthy alternative to regular wraps, and the flavor of the chicken is absolutely wonderful. This is a low-sucrose and low-starch recipe. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals… READ MORE

My Barista Is Making Me Sick

Friday, July 14th, 2017, My Story

By: Maggie Cooper I think that my barista is making me sick. I’m not talking about the holes in his earlobes that are big enough to throw a baseball through, or the fact that he really should put a hair net over his bushy beard. I’m talking about the latte that he has been making… READ MORE

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Friday, July 7th, 2017, Recipes

The easiest, tastiest appetizer with just two ingredients and 10 minutes prep! These are low-sucrose, low-starch appetizers. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 6 ounces sliced prosciutto, halved horizontally 1 pound asparagus, trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions Working one at a time,… READ MORE

Other Sugar Intolerances That May Explain Your Stomach Problems

Friday, June 30th, 2017, News

If you have any type of regular stomach pain, diarrhea, gassiness or some combination of these symptoms, then you probably have already been tested for lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance, a type of sugar intolerance, affects up to 25% of the US population. Fortunately, patients with lactose intolerance may get stomach relief by either avoiding dairy… READ MORE

Tasty Turkey Burgers

Friday, June 30th, 2017, Recipes

These turkey burgers will be the hit of your next cookout. They are low-sucrose, low-starch and without the bun, they make a perfect low-carb lunch. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey 1/2 cup finely chopped orange and/or… READ MORE

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Friday, June 23rd, 2017, Recipes

Chocolate, peanut butter and bacon all in one delicious low-carb and gluten-free cookie. There are several substitutions you can make. In place of the chunky peanut butter, you can use a thick almond butter and add a handful of your favorite nuts. If you can’t find a thicker almond butter, put the jar in the… READ MORE

Misconceptions About Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, June 23rd, 2017, News

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,… READ MORE

Grilled Steak with Caper Sauce

Friday, June 16th, 2017, Recipes

Celebrate dad this Father’s Day with a delicious home-cooked meal he’s sure to love. Pair this steak with some grilled vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini and red peppers, and a salad to round out the perfect Father’s Day dinner. This is a low-sucrose, low-starch recipe. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify… READ MORE

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Friday, June 9th, 2017, Recipes

This dish that tastes like pepperoni pizza, yet is gluten-free. This tasty dish is low-carb and easy to prepare with a blender and a casserole dish, which means that the clean-up will be simple too. Perfect as a kid-friendly, low-carb side dish, or eat an entire bowl for a complete meal! Sucrose and starch tolerance… READ MORE

My Doctor Said to Cut out Sucrose – I Don’t Use Sugar, so What Am I Missing?

Friday, June 9th, 2017, News

It is important to understand the tests and diagnoses that led to your doctor’s recommendation for a low-sucrose diet. There are a variety of “sugars” in the diet, and different sugars are eliminated based on different tests and diagnoses. If sucrose is the cause of your gastrointestinal problems, then cutting “table sugar” out of the… READ MORE

Are You a Mindless or Mindful Eater?

Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Recipes

Do you find yourself grabbing food on the go, and eating on the run; hardly mindful of what you just ate? Maybe it is time to re-think how you eat, and strive to be a more mindful eater. With a little planning ahead, you can learn to pause and take a deep breath before sitting… READ MORE

Tomato Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Reduction

Friday, May 26th, 2017, Recipes

It is one of the quickest and easiest salads you can put together with ingredients that are available year-round, like tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, then drizzled with sweet homemade balsamic reduction. Balsamic vinegar reduced to a sweet glaze adds so much flavor to this salad versus just using regular balsamic vinegar. Tomato Mozzarella Salad… READ MORE

Food Journal and Bristol Stool Form Scale

Friday, May 26th, 2017, My Story

By: Kate Coleman Ever since I can remember, I have loved elephants. My most beloved toy as a child was a stuffed elephant, and my favorite book was “The Story of Babar.” As an adult I have watched every documentary ever made about elephants, and I have read and reread “The Eye of the Elephant”… READ MORE

Eggs in Clouds

Friday, May 19th, 2017, Recipes

Meringue fans we’ve found your favorite new breakfast: Cloud Eggs, aka, Eggs in a Cloud. Made by separating the yolk from the white, Cloud Eggs are currently sweeping Instagram. The meringue is soft and chewy and filled with parmesan cheese flavor, and the yolk is creamy and wonderful. You will be admired throughout your house… READ MORE

Berry, Berry Delicious Cheesecake Parfait

Friday, May 12th, 2017, Recipes

Sucrose is a naturally occurring sugar found in many fruits and juices. Sucrose is the same thing as table or granulated sugar, which is used in most baked goods like muffins, cakes, pastries and pies. Sucrose is also found in candy and is hidden in many processed foods commonly eaten in the United States. Even… READ MORE

Life With Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, May 12th, 2017, My Story

As an adult with sucrose intolerance, there are many factors to consider. Life is not as carefree as it once was. For someone who does not have sucrose intolerance, here are things that someone with this disorder has to think about and handle frequently. Planning is a huge part of my life. I have to… READ MORE

Simple Cabbage Enchiladas

Friday, May 5th, 2017, Recipes

Enchiladas are so delicious and always seem to hit the spot. Simple Cabbage Enchiladas are a sucrose-free main dish, which is perfect for someone in your household with sucrose intolerance*. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. *Click link to learn more about Sucrose Intolerance…. READ MORE

The Digestion and Absorption of Sugar

Friday, April 28th, 2017, News

How does sugar get from our mouths into our bloodstream so it can give us the energy we need to move? Let’s talk a little about digestion and absorption. All of our food is made up of carbohydrates (sugars and starches), fats and proteins. In order for our body to use the nutrients provided, it… READ MORE

Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche

Friday, April 28th, 2017, Recipes

Quiche is popular year-round and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This delicious quiche is a low-carb, low-sucrose and low-starch recipe. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 8 ounces button mushrooms 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) 10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed 4 large… READ MORE

Spaghetti Squash With Bacon, Spinach and Goat Cheese

Friday, April 21st, 2017, Recipes

This low-sucrose meal is ideal for anyone in your household who might have sucrose intolerance*. This spaghetti squash recipe is filling and easy to make. By combining several different flavors in one dish, everyone will be impressed with your cooking skills. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet… READ MORE

Getting to the Core of My Stomach Issues

Friday, April 14th, 2017, My Story

By: Kate Coleman Lately I feel like there is always something wrong with my stomach. I hate to complain all of the time. I mean, no one wants to listen to my constant “bellyaching” (pun intended). I try to grin and bear it, really I do, but it seems like my stomach is always really… READ MORE

One-Minute Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

Friday, April 14th, 2017, Recipes

If a child with CSID has a birthday party to go to and needs to take an alternative to birthday cake, here is a common substitution. These Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes are low-sucrose, low-starch and a breeze to make. Top the cupcakes off with the sucrose-free frosting, and this simple substitution will allow your child to… READ MORE

Pan-Seared Chicken With Balsamic Cream Sauce

Friday, April 7th, 2017, Recipes

This Pan-Seared Chicken with Balsamic Cream Sauce, Mushrooms and Onions will have your friends and family feeling like they are eating at a fine dining restaurant. The acidity of the balsamic vinegar and the richness of the heavy cream come together to make an amazingly flavorful sauce. You will want to make it time and… READ MORE

Artichoke With Baked Brie Sauce

Friday, March 31st, 2017, Recipes

Rather than dip your artichoke leaves in butter, aioli or other sauce, bake a creamy, crunchy brie-spiked sauce right on top and let the goodness ooze all over. It is a very easy recipe, but you have to make sure the brie you are using is top quality, otherwise it will not be as tasty…. READ MORE

How Sucrose Intolerance Affects Children

Friday, March 31st, 2017, News

A child with Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency may face some unique issues related to their cognitive and emotional development. Infants and Toddlers Infants and toddlers are just beginning to develop trust and a sense of security. They will have very little understanding of GSID. Parents can assist infants and toddlers in developing a strong sense of… READ MORE

Spinach Zucchini Ravioli

Friday, March 24th, 2017, Recipes

Spinach Zucchini Ravioli is a low-carb, low-sucrose, low-starch version of a classic comfort food. They only require a few ingredients, and it is fun to fold the zucchini to make the ravioli. The next time you are having a party or want to dress up an evening with fun food, this recipe will do the… READ MORE

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Friday, March 17th, 2017, Recipes

Ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? No more dry corned beef! Cook this in your slow-cooker all day, and you are guaranteed success. Serve this for a warm and satisfying low-sucrose meal. For low-starch diets, substitute the potatoes with green beans or turnips. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe… READ MORE

Preparing for a GI Appointment

Friday, March 17th, 2017, My Story

By: Emma Brown I am, by all accounts, an intelligent, successful woman with a college degree. So why do I become a blithering idiot every time my GI doctor steps into my examining room? It may be because I know that his time with me is limited. Possibly it is because I know that I… READ MORE

Poached Eggs Over Spinach and Mushrooms

Friday, March 10th, 2017, Recipes

Don’t reserve this meal just for breakfast; it’s great for lunch or dinner as well. You may not think to enjoy vegetables with eggs, but it is a wonderful combination and a way to include more vegetables in your diet. Frozen vegetables are a good choice when fresh is not available, and it is also… READ MORE

Performing a Sucrose Hydrogen Breath Test

Friday, March 3rd, 2017, News

A Sucrose Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT) is a test that is easy to do at home and can provide valuable information on what is going on in your digestive system. It is non-invasive, which means that you don’t need to give blood or a tissue sample. If you are suffering from unexplained and persistent diarrhea,… READ MORE

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Friday, March 3rd, 2017, Recipes

Quick, easy and ready in minutes, this Peanut Butter Mug Cake is rich, moist and will satisfy your peanut butter craving. This delicious, low-sucrose cake is just the perfect size for a snack. Sucrose and starch tolerance vary. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals. Ingredients 2 tablespoons coconut flour… READ MORE

Low-Sucrose Beef Stew

Friday, February 24th, 2017, Recipes

With the cooler temperatures, soups and stews will be sure to warm us up! However, many recipes call for ingredients that may not fare well for those needing a low-sucrose diet. Onions, garlic and beans, common ingredients in soups and stews, contain low to moderate amounts of sucrose but can cause bloating. So how can… READ MORE

4-4-4 Sugar Challenge: A Simple At-Home Test for Sucrose Intolerance

Friday, February 24th, 2017, News

Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID) or sucrose intolerance is a disorder that causes a reduction of the enzyme activity needed to break down and absorb table sugar (sucrose) and other sugars from starch. Symptoms of Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency include chronic, watery diarrhea, gassiness, bloating, abdominal pain and even constipation. The symptoms can vary from mild to… READ MORE

Bacterial Overgrowth or Sugar Intolerance: How Can You Tell?

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, News

Because there are many stomach problems linked to different disorders, it is often hard for both doctors and patients to figure out the correct diagnosis. So what can you do to help your doctor find out the cause of your stomach problems? First, a doctor, most likely a gastroenterologist (a doctor specializing in problems of… READ MORE

What You Need to Know Before Having an Upper Endoscopy

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, News

Your doctor just told you he wants to perform an upper endoscopy on you because you have had unexplained abdominal pain for a long time. Or maybe it was diarrhea that is responding poorly to treatment. Regardless, an upper endoscopy is a medical procedure in which a tiny camera placed at the end of a… READ MORE

Elimination Diets, Like FODMAP, Will Not Work If You Have Sucrose Intolerance

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, News

Are you having stomach pains and diarrhea and cannot seem to get any relief? Sometimes it is hard to figure out what is going on. You may need to look at your diet. For example, patients with lactose intolerance (cannot digest milk and other products made with the sugar, lactose) typically have diarrhea, cramps and/or… READ MORE

I Love Desserts but My Stomach Does Not

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, My Story

Who does not like eating desserts? Apple pie, chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate bars…I could go on and on. If it is sweet, we like it. But what if these sweets are the cause of your stomach problems? There are people who cannot properly digest table sugar, also called sucrose, which is found… READ MORE

Understanding the Different Types of Sugar on Food Labels

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Ask the Doctor

There is much confusion about “sugar” and even more confusion about how to look for “sugar” on a food label. First, not all sugars are created equal. A few examples of “sugars” include lactose (milk sugar), sucrose (table sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar). If sucrose causes gastrointestinal disturbances, there is more to consider than just… READ MORE

How Efficient Are Genetic Tests in Medicine?

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Ask the Doctor

Genetic testing has been in the news a lot over the last several years. You can order a genetic test that may help you learn about your family ancestry or your yet-to-be diagnosed medical condition. What may be less newsworthy are the genetic tests that your doctor uses. Doctors may use genetic testing to determine… READ MORE

What If You Have Been Misdiagnosed With IBS-D?

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Ask the Doctor

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a condition that affects between 25 and 45 million people in the US. Patients are typically classified as having one of three different types of IBS; IBS-C, IBS-D or IBS-A. The C stands for constipation, the D stands for diarrhea and the A stands for alternating between diarrhea and… READ MORE

Bloating and Sucrose Intolerance: The Missing Link

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Ask the Doctor

By: Enrique Hernandez-Sanchez, MD Pediatric Gastroenterologist Bloating, or the feeling or having a distended abdomen full of gas, is an extremely common complaint heard in gastroenterology offices, by pediatricians and family medicine doctors. Many diseases can cause bloating and doctors are relatively proficient at detecting potential causes of this condition (e.g., Celiac disease, lactose intolerance… READ MORE

Sucrose Intolerance is more common than you think

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