However, synthetic fructose is also used as a sweetener in many processed foods, including baby food and formula. It is estimated that hereditary fructose intolerance affects 1 in every 20,000 children worldwide.
Children affected by fructose intolerance develop a powerful protective aversion to sweet tasting foods and drinks. Due to this strong urge to avoid sweet foods, the condition can often go undiagnosed.
Affected individuals lack the enzyme; aldolase B, that digests fructose. Undigested fructose can trigger a range of symptoms such as; abdominal pain, vomiting and unexplained fever. This can lead to a loss of appetite as well as slightly stunted growth. Over time, fructose intolerance can lead to serious kidney and liver damage.
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