Welcome to FructoHelp, where I’m gathering useful information about fructose malabsorption, also called dietary fructose intolerance, and how to deal with it in the best way possible.
Who am I and why am I doing this?
My name is Niklas Weber – engineer and researcher with a background in life science and a PhD in microsystems engineering. I am running this site to share my knowledge about fructose malabsorption (FM) and help others in handling and mastering their impairment, like me.
I am gathering that knowledge since 2010 – the year, I became affected by FM. I didn’t know what was going on in the first 3 years. I suffered from constant abdominal pain after almost every meal and lost my pleasure of eating. I went to the doctor and asked him about some food intolerance. But he only diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and gave me some pills. They helped in the short term but did not make my problems disappear. As soon as I stopped taking that medication, I got the same symptoms as before. It was like taking painkillers when having rocks in your shoes …
After a few years, my mood got progressively worse. Every vacation I lost about 4 lbs per week. 3 years ago I had 139 lbs with a size of 6 ft. I got psoriasis out of the blue and at the same time had temporal pains within my elbows, fingers, and knees. Gout with an age of 32? Is this possible? Is that what happens when you pass the 30?
How knowledge of fructose malabsorption changed my life
Luckily, a friend of mine told me, that he got diagnosed fructose malabsorption and what he wasn’t allowed to eat anymore. It was the first time I heard of that “intolerance”. I began making some tests and a lot of research. I realized that I always got in trouble when eating food that was on his list of forbidden foods.
And this changed everything.
Now, I know, what I am allowed to eat, what I should avoid and what I can even do to improve it. My pains and my psoriasis vanished, my mood improved significantly, and I feel so, so much better now.
Thanks to all that knowledge, I even managed it for the first time for years, to go on vacation in a foreign country and enjoy eating without having any problems. It was so great!
If you are currently struggling with fructose malabsorption, I hope this site will help you in transforming your life in the same way.
Cheers and wish you all the best,
I believe I have fructose malabsorption. I determined this through years of personal trials, changes in diet, monitoring the results, etc,and a lot of prayer. I see Nick, the author, had a problem with body weight. I do also and have had the problem since I was a small child. I am 64 years old now, am 5 foot ten and hover between 127 and 130 lbs. To maintain that weight I have always had to overeat and even though I know it is not healthy, I eat extra sugars believing it will at least maintain my weight and not… Read more »
Hi Jerry, that sounds familiar. Since I’m following a low fructose diet and know what I can eat, my body weight became much more stable without having to overeat. It doesn’t happen anymore, that I’m losing several lbs within a week when eating outside or being on vacation somewhere else. My lowest weight was 139 lbs before I knew about fructose malabsorption. Now I’m stable around 154 lbs, which is the weight I always aimed for.
Nick, thank you so much for this website! I was just diagnosed with FM — after many years of suffering like yourself — thanks to the astute observations of a new doctor, and I’ve been searching the internet to find out more information about FM and what I can/can’t eat. I came across your website and found it immensely helpful — I did not know about Xylose Isomerase or about fructose food apps, so many thanks for those tips and for sharing the wealth of info!
You are welcome! I’m happy that I could help you.
Best site I have found to date Nick. Thank you so much!!!