Recent research has also tied fructose malabsorption to depression.Lest you think this isn’t a common problem, studies have shown that up to 40% of people in Western countries suffer from fructose malabsorption.This results in increased levels of undigested fructose in the gut, which in turn causes overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.Undigested fructose also reduces the absorption of water into the intestine.This is probably due to the increased visceral sensitivity common in IBS and IBD patients.In fact, one of the most promising clinical approaches to treating IBS & IBD right now is something called the FODMAP diet.It’s high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both easily burned as fuel by the body.MCTs are particularly beneficial in that they don’t require bile acids for digestion, and they’re directly shunted to the liver via the portal vein. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that has been used in consumer goods since the 50s.
While the prevalence of FM is the same in healthy populations and those with IBS & IBD, the of FM appears to be more intense in the latter group.The other potential problem with canned coconut milk is guar gum.Guar gum is a galactomannan, which is a polysaccharide consisting of a mannose backbone with a galactose side group. Beans and legumes have a variety of compounds in them that make them difficult to digest, especially for people with digestive problems (1 in 3 Americans, from the latest statistics).This is scary in light of a recent study which found an association between neurobehavioral problems in infants and high levels of BPA in their mothers. In short, if you want to be on the safe side and reduce your exposure to BPA, you have to reduce your consumption of canned foods (including coconut milk) as much as possible.I made this recommendation in 9 Steps for Perfect Health-#3: Eat Real Food.