Pain in the Stomach After Eating Fruit

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.

A young woman laying on the couch with stomach pain. (Image: AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images)

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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