I did my last hydrogen breath test video a few years ago and there have been updates since then on whether it is accurate or not. I tell you about the latest research in the video.
Transcript of Hydrogen Breath Test Update
Welcome to this video. Today I want to give you an update on the hydrogen breath test. I did my last video on this quite a long time ago and there has been some research done since then. They recently did a research study on the efficacy of the fructose test. The hydrogen breath test tests fructose, lactose, and in some parts of the world also sorbitol, but not the other groups. So, I don’t really advocate the hydrogen breath test because it doesn’t test for the other groups, for the oligosaccharides and mannitol. So you still have to do the low Fodmap diet to find out whether you react to them or not. So you might as well just do the diet and not go and do the hydrogen breath test, which is time-consuming and expensive. Anyway, the research study that they did on how efficient the fructose test was completely bombed. So the results were that people who took the fructose test one week and passed it, the next week on exactly the same diet failed it, and vice versa. Those who failed it the first time passed it the second time. Therefore, we now know that it’s not giving accurate results. It doesn’t work. And they haven’t done the same tests as far as I know on lactose and sorbitol, so we’re not sure if those tests work or not. At this point, if they can’t test for fructose, they can’t test for the oligosaccharides or mannitol, there is very little point in doing the hydrogen breath test and spending your hard-earned money on it. So that’s the update at this point and I hold firm in that there is no need to do it. Thank you for watching and goodbye.