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Pain in the Stomach After Eating Fruit

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Elle Paula has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Framingham State College and a certificate in holistic nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is also a licensed aesthetician with advanced training in skincare and makeup. She plans to continue on with her education, complete a master's degree program in nutrition and, ultimately, become a registered dietitian.
Pain in the Stomach After Eating Fruit
A young woman laying on the couch with stomach pain. Photo Credit AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit per day. If you experience pain in the stomach after eating fruit, however, meeting your daily recommendation might be difficult.

Fighting With Fructose

If you experience bloating, heartburn and diarrhea in addition to pain in the stomach every time you eat a piece of fruit, you may have fructose intolerance. In those with this intolerance, fructose -- the sugar in fruit -- travels to the intestines undigested. The bacteria in the intestines feed off the fructose, releasing carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases in the process. These gases result in the symptoms associated with fructose intolerance.

Saying Sayonara to Symptoms

The only way to reduce the pain, bloating, heartburn and diarrhea associated with fructose intolerance is to completely remove fructose from your diet. In addition to fruit, fructose is found in honey, alcohol, sodas and other beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup.

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