If you suffer from symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, bloating and dizziness, you may be suffering from fructose intolerance. This intolerance is triggered by fructose, which is mainly found in certain types of fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, honey and many sweets.
With the cerascreen® Fructose Intolerance Test, you can determine the concentration of hydrogen and methane in your breath after consuming 420 millilitres of apple juice. High gas values indicate a possible fructose intolerance.
- Take your sample at home – conveniently and discreetly
- Enjoy nutrition recommendations and tips
- Benefit from a state-of-the-art lab analysis from a specialised medical laboratory
- Receive results within a few days after the lab has received the sample
Information about the Fructose Intolerance Test
Take the breath sample
The Fructose Intolerance test comes with a mouthpiece and five sample tubes. With these, take a total of five breath samples – one before and four after you have consumed 420 millilitres of apple juice.
Activate your Fructose Intolerance Test online
Activate the test ID listed on the test ID card in your secure My cerascreen® user profile on our website or on our app. You will then need to answer a few questions, so that we can send you personalised recommendations.
Send the sample
Send your sample to our laboratory free of charge in the enclosed return envelope. Your sample will be analysed in the medical laboratory.
In our diagnostics laboratory, your five samples are analysed for the concentration of hydrogen and methane in your breath.
The results reporttells you the concentration of hydrogen and methane in your breath – before and after you have consumed the apple juice. Large amounts of these gases in your breath indicate fructose intolerance.
High quality standards
The samples taken with the cerascreen® send-in tests are analysed in specialised diagnostic laboratories, with which doctors and clinics work as well. All of our laboratory partners meet our high quality standards.
Benefits of the Fructose Intolerance Test
An intolerance to fructose often only appears with a delayed reaction and generic symptoms. That is why it is difficult to connect symptoms with eating fructose. A breath test can help you to get more certainty about your intolerances.
The breath test takes place over a period of 3 hours – which you can easily spend at home or in the office with a self-test such as the cerascreen® Fructose Intolerance Test. Waiting times or spending time in a surgery or clinic are not necessary. The analysis is carried out in a certified specialist laboratory.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical send-in test kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in test development and analysis. We have developed more than 50 approved send-in test kits (medical devices), analysed 250,000 samples and serve 19 countries in Europe – and we have now also launched in the United States!
Your results report of the Fructose Intolerance Test
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive your results report via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can easily view the report on your smartphone, tablet or computer and print it out, if required.
Our lab analysis will tell you how much hydrogen and methane was found in your breath sample – before and after drinking 420 millilitres of apple juice. Learn how to combat your symptoms by changing your diet with the help of our recommendations for action. Our extensive health information explains what happens in your intestines when you are fructose-intolerant and what the causes may be.
FAQs about the Fructose Intolerance Test
Why take a fructose intolerance test?
Complaints such as bloating, diarrhoea and stomach pain can have various causes. One possible cause could be fructose intolerance, an intolerance.
However, fructose is also found in many foods that contain many valuable nutrients, such as many types of fruit and vegetables. That is why it is not a good idea to cut fructose out of your diet if you suspect an intolerance.
If you experience regular digestive discomfort, you should ideally take a test to find out whether you really have an intolerance. With more certainty, you can then consciously change your diet in a healthy way.
How does the Fructose Intolerance Test work?
Fill a glass with 420 millilitres of apple juice (room temperature). Before you drink the apple juice, take a breath sample – and then four more, each at half-hour intervals.
To collect the samples, blow hard into a mouthpiece – it is connected to a sample bag. You then send the five breath samples to our specialised laboratory for analysis.
What do my results tell me?
The results report informs you of the concentration of hydrogen and methane in your breath. Values that have significantly increased indicate that the apple juice has triggered a reaction in your intestine, meaning that it is likely you are fructose-intolerant.
For people without an intolerance, fructose is broken down in the small intestine. With fructose intolerance, however, fructose reaches the large intestine, where methane and hydrogen, among other things, are then produced.
Which recommendations will I receive?
The results report gives you recommendations about which foods you should avoid from now on and how you can still ensure a sufficient intake of nutrients.
Changing your diet in three phases can help you in two ways – you can find out more specifically what you can tolerate and what you cannot. And you can gradually adapt your diet to your needs.
What leads to fructose intolerance?
Normally, fructose is absorbed in the small intestine before it can enter the large intestine. But if you eat too much food containing fructose, your digestive system may not be able to keep up, and fructose enters our large intestine, leading to discomfort. This is why too much fruit, for example, can cause stomach aches – even for healthy people.
For people with digestive fructose intolerance, however, even small amounts of fructose are enough to trigger symptoms. The transprotein GLUT-5 is not present enough in their intestines. As a result, fructose is not properly transported out of the small intestine and ends up in the large intestine. There, bacteria feed on the fructose, producing several byproducts. These byproducts include fatty acids, which greatly dilute stool, methane, which contributes to bad breath, and carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas, which cause bloating.
What are the signs of fructose intolerance?
Fructose intolerance is noticeable through digestive discomfort. If you have ingested fructose, symptoms usually appear within 30 minutes and can last up to nine hours.
Typical symptoms of fructose intolerance are:
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
What should I do if I am fructose-intolerant?
If you are diagnosed with fructose intolerance, you should first avoid fructose in your diet as much as possible. It is also better to leave out the sugar substitutes sorbitol and inulin for the time being. After that, you can come up with a long-term diet plan with a three-phase dietary change.
Fructose intolerance can be very restrictive. You should therefore make sure that your intake of sufficient vitamins and minerals is still optimal. Nutritional advice from an expert is usually recommended to ensure your diet remains balanced, nutritious and tasty.
Which foods contain fructose?
Fructose is found in many fruits and also in some vegetables and ready-made foods. Fructose is usually labelled as an ingredient on food packaging – sometimes as fructose or fructose syrup, for example.
The following foods are particularly rich in fructose:
- Apples, pears and kiwi
- Strawberries, raspberries and currants
- Dried fruit, especially apricots and dates
- Maple syrup, agave syrup and honey
Foods that contain both fructose and glucose, such as apricots, plums, bananas, lemons, avocados and potatoes, are often well tolerated. When you consume these foods, fructose passes out of the small intestine via the glucose transport proteins.
Who should NOT take the test?
The Fructose Intolerance Test is not or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
- People with infectious diseases, like hepatitis and HIV, may not use the Fructose Intolerance Test.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only take the Fructose Intolerance Test under medical supervision. The given reference ranges and recommendations do not apply to people in this group; consult your medical professional for advice concerning your test results.
- The Fructose Intolerance Test is not intended for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not intended for diagnosing illnesses or diseases. For example, if you suffer from chronic diarrhoea or extreme pain, consult a doctor.