Why does Apple Juice make your stomach hurt?


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Earlier this week I warned my roommate of the grotesque danger of consuming apple juice at a furious pace. Although I did not want him to suffer, he scoffed at me and began to consume the drink as if he would never again feel the sense of hydration. Later that night he came back to tell me that I was in fact correct, he had a horrible stomach ache for about half an hour. After that, it was gone, but it was a horrible pain. From there, we tried to figure out what exactly makes apple juice so painful if you drink it too fast?
4564520320_82b4fe4852.jpgWell, it turns out that it isn't just apple juice. It's an actual phenomenon that happens with a lot of fruit juices. According to Ross Butler, an Australian Professor, it has to do with the amount of fructose that is being consumed. In the article linked above, it states that children from ages 1 to 6 are often found to have malabsorption of fructose, (meaning it doesn't digest correctly). While over a third of grown adults faced the same problem. There is no immediate solution to this problem of digesting fructose, but I warn from personal experience, drink fruit juices (especially apple) with caution.  

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Wow I find this interesting because apple Juice has always had this effect on me and I never knew why. I never would have guessed it would have been fructose because there are so many things that have fructose, such as candy for example, but they don’t have the apple juice effect. Then again people can get stomach aches from eating too much junk food.

Now that I think about it I think that fructose may not be the only cause of the stomach aches. The reason why I believe so is because there have been numerous times when I drank lots of other fruit juices without my stomach hurting. I used to do this often with cranberry and grape juice. Because these drinks don’t make my stomach hurt I believe that third confounding variables could have a role in causing abdominal pain after drinking fruit juice. Perhaps an ingredient only in apple juice or difference in digestive systems is to blame for stomach pains. I did some research and it supports that everyone’s digestive tract varies. Therefore this third variable could be the reason why some get stomach aches from excessive fruit juice intake and others don’t. I’m not saying that it is impossible for fructose to be the cause of the stomach aches I’m just saying that some people’s digestive systems may determine whether they experience them or not.

Works Cited
1. Chiarello-Ebner, Kaylynn. "Natural Digestive Care That's Easy to Swallow | WholeFoods Magazine." Natural Digestive Care That's Easy to Swallow | WholeFoods Magazine. Solgar, Oct. 2009. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. .

I didn't know this was the case for all other fruit juices! Why is it usually apple juice that is most common to cause this pain? Does it have a higher amount of fructose than other juices? I also heard that too much of apples, apple juice, apples or apple sauce, will make your stomach hurt or at least make you run to the bathroom.

I didn't know this was the case for all other fruit juices! Why is it usually apple juice that is most common to cause this pain? Does it have a higher amount of fructose than other juices? I also heard that too much of apples, apple juice, apples or apple sauce, will make your stomach hurt or at least make you run to the bathroom. Does it make a difference if you consume food while you drink fruit juice? Does is matter what kind of food you pair the juice with?

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