Fructose-sorbitol ingestion provokes gastrointestinal symptoms

oral fructose-sorbitol provoked GI symptoms in 15 ED patients and one healthy control (P<0.05 ED vs control).

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World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Nov 14;15(42):5295-9.

Fructose-sorbitol ingestion provokes gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with eating disorders.

Friesen N, Hansen RD, Abraham SF, Kellow JE.

Department of Obstetrics and Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney 2065, Australia.

Abstract

AIM: To evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and breath hydrogen responses to oral fructose-sorbitol (F-S) and glucose challenges in eating disorder (ED) patients.

METHODS: GI symptoms and hydrogen breath concentration were monitored in 26 female ED inpatients for 3 h, following ingestion of 50 g glucose on one day, and 25 g fructose/5 g sorbitol on the next day, after an overnight fast on each occasion. Responses to F-S were compared to those of 20 asymptomatic healthy females.

RESULTS: F-S provoked GI symptoms in 15 ED patients and one healthy control (P<0.05 ED vs control). Only one ED patient displayed symptom provocation to glucose (P<0.01 vs F-S response). A greater symptom response was observed in ED patients with a body mass index (BMI)<or=17.5 kg/m2 compared to those with a BMI>17.5 kg/m2 (P<0.01). There were no differences in psychological scores, prevalence of functional GI disorders or breath hydrogen responses between patients with and without an F-S response.

CONCLUSION: F-S, but not glucose, provokes GI symptoms in ED patients, predominantly those with low BMI. These findings are important in the dietary management of ED patients.

PMID: 19908337 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]PMCID: PMC2776856Free PMC Article

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Figure 1
Hourly and total symptom scores in eating disorder patients following ingestion of 25 g fructose-5 g sorbitol (F-S) and 50 g glucose (aP < 0.05 vs glucose).

Figure 2
Total symptom scores (mean ± SE) in eating disorder patients following ingestion of 25 g fructose-5 g sorbitol, grouped according to body mass index (BMI).

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