Author: Judy Smith
Paperback: 86 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 18, 2006)
This little booklet is compact and easy to read. It is a quick introductory guide to how to deal with this condition - something that is vital to anyone who is new to the subject. It gives you the basics in very palatable form, and gives you a little insight into how the author, Judy Smith, herself has had to deal with the psychological effects of having fructose malabsorption (at the time still commonly called Dietary Fructose Intolerance), and how she deals with it. She is what may be called one of the pioneers of the subject who has helped to push it out there, and that should commended.
Readers will need to remind themselves that this booklet was published in 2006. It was thus written when there were as yet no enzyme capsules developed. It also tells you to avoid fruits in general, which is a bit of a downer as it has been established by now that certain fruits can be tolerated by individuals to a certain extent, depending on the personal threshold. There is no mention of the glucose-fructose ratio in fruits and vegetables. Have a look at our fructose table section for that.
However, her recipes are a great inspiration, and can be tried and tested by everyone individually. These recipes are great to go back to when you don’t feel so well and need something easy to cook quickly. There are several recipes in there with mushrooms, which may need to be substituted by another suitable item by those who cannot tolerate them. But do try different varieties of mushrooms first before giving up on them. There are also a lot of recipes in there which contain milk products, but those can be substituted by lactose-free products by those suffering from lactose intolerance.
All in all, this booklet is a great starting point and certainly well worth buying for those who want to explore all avenues in the world of this particular intolerance. An updated edition would be greatly appreciated.
Stars: 6 out of 10