What You Need To Know About Sucrose Intolerance

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Sucrose Intolerance may be more common than you think. Children with Sucrose Intolerance face some unique challenges related to their growth and development. Is it time to talk to your doctor about Sucrose Intolerance?

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What Is Sucrose Intolerance Caused by Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID)?

What is it about sugar and some starches that can wreak havoc on some kids? Often, it’s because these kids have a rare inherited disorder called Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID). CSID causes sugar intolerance; so when kids with CSID eat foods with sugars in them, they wind up with some very unpleasant symptoms.

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Normal Intestine

CSID Intestine

CSID intestine

Normal Intestine

CSID Intestine

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Helping Children Cope with CSID

Children of all ages have to learn to live with CSID. The more you know, the better you’re able to help them cope throughout their young lives. Click on Toddler, School-Age Kids, or Tweens and Teens to find out more.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

Is your child experiencing all or any of the following symptoms: chronic diarrhea, chronic abdominal pain, and gassiness? Take the quiz to find out if they have signs of CSID.

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Kids Eat a Lot of Carbohydrates

It’s amazing that a healthy diet for kids over two years old should include 50% to 60% of calories coming from carbohydrates – good carbohydrates.6 Unfortunately, lacking the sucrase and isomaltase enzymes, kids with CSID have difficulty digesting both good and bad carbs.

Kids eat a lot of carbs

Kids Eat a Lot of Carbohydrates

It’s amazing that a healthy diet for kids over two years old should include 50% to 60% of calories coming from carbohydrates – good carbohydrates.6 Unfortunately, lacking the sucrase and isomaltase enzymes, kids with CSID have difficulty digesting both good and bad carbs.

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  2. Average Daily Intake of Food by Food Source and Demographic Characteristics, 2007-2010. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Website. www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-consumption-and-nutrient-intakes/. Last updated June 27, 2014. Accessed December 17, 2019.
  3. Dairy Products: per Capita Consumption, United States (in pounds per person). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Website. www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/dairy-data/. Last updated September 4, 2019. Accessed December 17, 2019.
  4. Nutrition Data System Research (NDSR) 2018 Nutrients per Food Report. University of Minnesota, Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC). Accessed December 17, 2019.
  5. Calculate Weight of Generic and Branded Foods per Volume. Aqua-Calc Website. www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/food-volume-to-weight. Accessed December 17, 2019.
  6. Benton JM. Carbohydrates and sugar. Kids Health from Nemours Website. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sugar.html. Updated January 2017. Accessed March 12, 2020.

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