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Sweets and Belly Ache
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The dog days of summer may have you reaching for lots of cold drinks. But could this habit leave you doubled over in pain?

Yes, if you’re unlucky. For some people, drinking just a can of soda or a bottle of lemonade can lead to abdominal cramping, bloating, pain, and diarrhea. It’s not the temperature or the flavor. It’s the fructose—a sweetener found in many drinks and foods—that some people can’t digest properly, especially on an empty stomach. If a sweet treat leaves you with sour regret, check the label—fructose may be the culprit.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2005 Oct; 105(10):1559-1566.

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Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, September 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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