|Cherries AND the Game of Thrones book! Win win!|
Well, turns out I'm really the only one in the house who really cares. The pit turns off the young 'uns, and Foodgoat just doesn't seem to be a fruit person in general. So it was left to me to eat several pounds of cherries. Not that I mind. Bursts with summer, remember?
|This is not the bowl I ate. I ate a much bigger bowl.|
And two hours later I had the worst stomachache ever. The WORST. Just in time for a work meeting too!
Of course I had to google my symptoms, because nothing's more fun that self-diagnosing with the Internet! Even though the obvious explanation is that nobody should eat so many cherries.
I discovered fructose malabsorption, a digestive disorder (formerly known as dietary fructose intolerance) where the small intestine has a limited ability to absorb fructose, less than 25g per sitting. When they eat too much, the unabsorbed fructose goes on to the large intestine, gets fermented by bacteria, and causes a range of gastrointestinal symptoms.
Fructose malabsorption has been estimated to affect from 30% to 80% of the adult American population and may affect children as well. Seems awfully common, doesn't it?
How do you treat it? Avoid fructose, foods with a high fructose-to-glucose ratio (glucose helps you digest fructose, did you know that?), high fructose corn syrup, and sorbital (some sugar-free sweeteners are converted to fructose during digestion, did you know that?).
It sounds a lot like lactose intolerance, just with fruit.
Do I have fructose malabsorption? Maybe not. Okay, probably not. Even healthy people have a limited ability absorb fructose, between 25-50g of fructose per sitting. I'm going to say I had a pound of cherries. One pound has about 28 g of fructose. Right in the range of the limit of what normal people can handle. And clearly too much for me.
So maybe I don't have a disease. Maybe I'm just a cherry glutton.