In the case of sorbitol intolerance or sorbitol tolerance, those affected usually experience symptoms such as flatulence or diarrhea. The sorbitol (= E 420) or sorbitol can be used only partially or not at all in the small intestine. In addition, sorbitol prevents the absorption of fructose in the small intestine. Sorbitol is a sweet alcohol and is used as a sugar substitute in the food industry. Typical sorbitan is eg chewing gum or diabetic products / light products. But also in fruits and especially in dried fruit sorbitol occurs in not insignificant quantities.
Symptoms of sorbitol intolerance
– Stomach cramps
– Stomach pain
– feeling of fullness
– fatty stools (if "traces" remain)
Flatulence is caused by bacterial fermentation in the colon.
Where is sorbitol included?
Sorbitol is contained in almost all prepared meals and so-called "sugar-free" products. These include primarily diabetic products or light drinks. If you suffer from sorbitol intolerance you should also refrain from sodas, sweets and chewing gum. Also found naturally occurring sorbitol in apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, strawberries, blueberries (low), raspberries, wine teas, fruit juices (apple and pear), chocolates, wholemeal and wheat beer, white wine and in jam with berry fruit fructose , Even higher is the sorbitan portion of dried fruits (except figs).
Give up the delicious apple pie.
Sorbitol in toothpaste
Also in toothpaste is usually contained sorbitol. However, sufferers do not have to worry, because they do not get into the intestine while brushing their teeth and can therefore be used without hesitation.
What can I do?
Sorbitol tolerance can be determined by means of a breath test. If an intolerance to sorbitol is detected, the above mentioned things should be avoided. When buying food you should pay attention to the hidden E-numbers 420 and 432-436. Avoiding sorbitol foods or ingesting them in small amounts will improve the symptoms. Doctors recommend a 4-week course to completely relieve the bowel.