What is lactose intolerance? How can you tell if you might
be lactose intolerant? And what foods should you avoid if you
are lactose intolerant? Learn more about lactose intolerance
and what you can do about it here...
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Intolerance" is intended to be a guide only. We
sincerely hope the information presented here on lactose
intolerance is helpful but should you feel you might be
lactose intolerant, please be sure to consult
with your health professional for more specific
information and dietary guidelines.
What You Need to Know
About Lactose Intolerance
Did you know that if you feel sick after drinking milk or
eating foods made with milk, you may have lactose
What is lactose
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest
significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in
Lactose intolerance is caused by a shortage of the enzyme
lactase, which is produced by the cells that line the small
intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugar into two simpler
forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then
absorbed into the bloodstream. Not all people deficient in
lactase have the symptoms commonly associated with lactose
intolerance, but those who do are said to have lactose
People sometimes confuse lactose intolerance with cow’s milk
intolerance because the symptoms are often the same. However,
lactose intolerance and cow’s milk intolerance are not related.
Being intolerant to cow’s milk is an allergic reaction
triggered by the immune system. Lactose intolerance is a
problem caused by the digestive system.
Lactose intolerance is not serious, but it can make you very
uncomfortable after you eat foods with lactose
What are the symptoms
of lactose intolerance?
After eating foods with lactose in them, you may feel sick
to your stomach.
Common symptoms, which range from mild to severe, include
nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Symptoms begin
about 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking foods
containing lactose. The severity of symptoms depends on many
factors, including the amount of lactose a person can tolerate
and a person’s age, ethnicity, and digestion rate.
Some illnesses can cause these same problems. Your doctor
can do tests to see if your problems are caused by lactose
intolerance or by something else.