Fructose-Free Living

In 2018, I’d wanted to embrace healthier eating. I wanted to reduce sugar, since Big Sugar is now officially the devil, and I wanted to reduce its contribution to my anxiety. Then, right before Christmas, my daughter was diagnosed with Dietary Fructose Intolerance or DFI. She’d been having unexplained stomach-aches and an on-the-ball allergist arranged for fructose allergy testing at the local hospital. And it turns out, she has a rather pronounced fructose allergy, which explains a lot of her health concerns. It’s a relief to have a diagnosis.

After the fructose test proved positive for DFI, the nurse gave us a pamphlet outlining good and bad foods. A lot of fruits and veggies are out and those that are in seem random. She can eat pineapple, but not watermelon. Agave nectar is bad but aspartame (!) is fine. And there is fructose (esp high fructose corn syrup, or glucose-fructose) in almost every type of pre-prepared food, including bread. And my daughter lives on carbs. Yesterday, we met with a dietician to find out what she can eat and it’s a bit daunting. We will be doing an elimination diet for a couple of months, which means a lot of things are out. Given my opposite allergies (egg, citrus, salmon, corn), and my youngest son’s picky selective eating, I will have to become a short order cook! And cooking is totally not in my wheelhouse…

Thankfully, we have lots of info and a recommended app (the Monash University FODMAP app) to help us.

I’ve been starting to look at Pinterest and food blogs to find some good tips for DFI families and will capture them on this blog. Look at the Delicious as It Looks blog. Behold this Tomato Margherita Pasta Salad!

It’s easy and delicious! I’ve ordered some books to help us out (I did this in December, so I’m still Not Shopping, although, in all honesty, I’d make an exception for this!) They looks quite dry and don’t feature a pretty celebrity on the cover the way I usually like my cookbooks, but I’ll review them once I’ve had a chance to read them and apply what they teach. The FODMAP cookbooks are definitely prettier than the fructose books and perhaps I can figure out ways to add in dairy which is OK for us.

On Fridays, I plan to blog about our adventures in fructose-free eating.

Are you on a restricted diet? How are you managing to eat? Any good FODMAP blogs out there?


Do you have any food intolerances? How do you cope?


  1. I don't know much about this but it sounds like you'll be getting a handle on it straightaway! Our diet is plant-based (since the summer) although we do occasionally eat fish, salmon and oysters. MrBP is deathly allergic to shellfish so that's out. He also has allergies (not anaphylactic but tummy-ache type reactions) to eggplant, avocado, melons, quinoa. Cooking without eggs or dairy of any kind has been an adjustment but I'm well used to it now and I love it. I hope your cooking journey around this issue goes just as well! What a relief to have a diagnosis for your daughter. xx


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