Is There A Thing As ‘Allergic To Sugar’?

Is There A Thing As ‘Allergic To Sugar’?

Sugar is basically in everything we eat but did you know that something as harmless as we perceive sugar to be, it is actually not and is known to cause many allergies. No? Then read to find out.

 What to know about sugar allergy?

A sugar allergy is rare but an intolerance is not that uncommon. If you have lactose intolerance, chances are your symptoms may get worse with age.

However, it is nothing to be afraid of; you can easily keep them controlled by monitoring your diet.

There are many sugar substitutes that you can easily replace sugar with. One thing that cannot be guaranteed is that if they will provide you the same level of satisfaction or not. You may experiment around until you find ‘the one’.

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What Exactly Happens To The Body In A Sugar Allergy?

The biological reasoning behind it is that they lack the enzyme lactase, in the case of lactose sugar in-toleration/allergy, which is used to break down the lactose into dairy products. And thus they have GI symptoms like bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

This has kept many people wondering as to what it is that makes people become intolerant or allergic to sugar. Again, because it is perceived harmless, its seriousness is neglected. It is noted that people from East Asia, West Africa, Arab countries, Greece, Italy and of Jewish faith suffer from this the most.

People with lactose intolerance lack the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the sugar lactose in dairy products. Because their bodies can’t digest lactose, they have GI symptoms like bloating and diarrhea.

What Is It Like To Have A Sugar Allergy? 

There are people who have an intolerance or even an allergy to certain types of sugar out of its four types: glucose, galactose, lactose, and fructose. The symptoms these people face have been listed below:

  • hives
  • stomach cramps
  • vomiting
  • anaphylaxis
  • bloating
  • gas
  • nausea or vomiting
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea

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How To Be Sure You Have A Sugar Allergy?

There are only so many ways this can go:

  1. By seeing an allergist.
  2. Through blood tests.
  3. Through breath test.

Now through this, you will be sure if you really have an allergy or intolerance or nothing at all. The results will influence how much your diet is bound to change or even not, in the case of nothing but suspicion.

What Can Be Done About It?

There are four ways to navigate such a situation:

  1. by avoiding sugar
  2. by finding substitutes
  3. by auto-injector
  4. by getting lactase tablets

If you’re allergic, you’ll need to avoid anything and everything that contains it. This means no soft drinks and fruit juices or syrup, jams, and jellies or desserts, (such as cookies, cake, and candy bars).

Even things cereals, granola bars, crackers, bread and peanut butter will have to be cut down. This will have to make you turn down many invitations from friends and family to avoid giving them any inconvenience on your behalf.

Sugar intolerance or allergy means having to leave out dairy products like milk and cream, butter, cheese and yogurt from your diet. However, you can try to replace them with aspartame (example: Equal, NutraSweet), saccharin (example: Sweet‘N Low), sucralose (example: Splenda) and stevia.

Furthermore, if you still want to enjoy dairy, switch to everything that is lactose-free: be it milk, ice cream, or other dairy products.

If your case is severe, you may carry an auto-injector wherever you go. This device has helped in delivering a dose of the hormone epinephrine to stop the allergy’s reaction from happening or put a halt to it. Then there are lactase tablets which contain the lactase enzyme that helps your body in digesting lactose.


The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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