My eight-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with fructose intolerance and while we have seen a dietitian it seems that we have recently hit a brick wall and she is constantly getting tummy aches. I am exploring other causes at the moment but was wondering if you could give me any information about preservatives and spices (which I am suspicious of) that could help me manage her better.  The attitude I have had from doctors is here is the diagnosis good luck and seeya later, I really wonder how much they really know.  I am literally alone doing my own research and homework …

Three years on: Together with your help, our dietitian and the web, our daughter is growing, is a lot happier and not as sick as often. As well as fructose, we avoid flavour enhancers (MSG 621 and others) and suspect sulphites (220-228), salicylates and cheese are an issue for our daughter too. All in all we as a family are a lot happier, family and friends are now more understanding and accepting of our daughter and her food issues and we are constantly learning.  We have also learnt that the key is “listen to your body”. by email, SA.