Fructose-free and lactose-free thirst-quenchers
People with fructose intolerance or lactose intolerance must first of all pay attention to special foods that they do not tolerate well and should therefore avoid. But the same applies to drinks. What distinguishes fructose-free and lactose-free drinks? Essentially, these are all beverages that are neutral or contain no lactose or fructose. In the case of lactose and fructose intolerance, those affected may take only as much fructose, granulated sugar and lactose as they actually tolerate. This avoids annoying symptoms like diarrhea and flatulence. Therefore, those affected must pay attention to the lactose or fructose content of foods and drinks. Even when drinking, they cannot reach for all drinks thoughtlessly. The best are lactose-free drinks that were made by yourself, because you know exactly what's inside. The same applies to fructose-free drinks, here it’s best to make it yourself or buy from the specialist.
Tasty alternatives and delicious lactose-free drinks
Tasty cocktails or refreshing smoothies, juices and shakes are also good for people with fructose intolerance and lactose intolerance. Above all, shakes and smoothies can be easily made at home, with rice syrup or grain sugar used as a sweetener. Lactose-containing milk can be replaced by lactose-free dairy products or alternatives such as unsweetened rice milk, soy milk or almond milk. The basics with regard to lactose and fructose are, of course, water, unsweetened herbal and black tea, or black coffee.
Fructose-free drinks don’t have to be boring
If you don’t just want to drink water, unsweetened herbal teas, green tea or black tea, then look for alternatives. Of course, conventionally sweetened sodas, soft drinks and fruit juices are not in this category. They contain a lot of sugar. Light products are also no alternative, because they almost always contain incompatible sugar substitutes such as sorbitol.
Pure, unsweetened fruit juices can, depending on their compatibility, be drunk heavily diluted as a spritzer, but beware! Most finished fruit juices contain enormous amounts of sugar, much more than a self-squeezed juice. Why? Honestly, we're also wondering where all this sugar comes from in the fruit juices, which by law are 100% fruit juice.
Alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine and cocktails are more difficult. It’s enjoyable to drink a glass of wine in front of the TV in the evening or to sip a beer with friends at the barbecue party, of course. However, beer contains sorbitol and is therefore usually poorly tolerated. For wine, it depends on the residual sugar content. Most suitable are very dry wines, or special drinks such as Fili-Secco made from an extremely dry wine and a trace of glucose syrup. Cocktails with fruit juices, liqueurs or conventionally sweetened syrups are usually poorly tolerated. Better are cocktails that are dry or bitter and contain no sugar syrup. Alcohol in general strains the intestine and is therefore unfavorable for intolerances. With some creativity, refreshing fructose-free drinks can be made with grape sugar and similar ingredients, such as refreshing elderberry brew, low-fructose white-tea-and-cherry cocktail, fructose-free green tea-lime cocktail or - why not - a homemade egg liqueur with organic grain sugar? This brings a change in the glass and also appeals to family or guests who want to try something different and like to do without sugar in their drinks.
The motto is: all things in moderation
In the case of fructose intolerance, vegetable juices, malt beer, small amounts of spritzer with compatible fruit juices, very dry wines or sparkling wine in small quantities may be tolerated. Here it depends on the individual tolerance threshold of those affected. The best way to try in small quantities, which drinks of the products mentioned can be consumed in moderation. That way it won’t be boring and at festivities or when going out you can drink things other than just water or herbal tea.