What is Lactose Intolerance? Find Lactose Intolerance Facts Here

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  • February 1, 2018

First off, what’s lactose intolerance? Here are the facts: 

Lactose intolerance is characterized by a number of symptoms, which could include abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and/or diarrhea, that may happen after some people eat or drink dairy. If the symptoms take place because of an inability to breakdown the milk sugar (lactose), then they’re said to have lactose intolerance, according to our nutrition experts at National Dairy Council. But, it’s important to make sure your symptoms are not from another problem with the help of your doctor.

Lactose intolerance is a very individual condition, which means people are able to tolerate different amounts of lactose. People often don’t have to miss out on the great taste and health benefits of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, because there are many options available with varying amounts of lactose, even lactose-free. Learn more here:

Lactose intolerance basics:

Answers to common questions about lactose intolerance, pregnancy and children:

Resources for health and wellness professionals:


This article was originally published September 9, 2016.