What is Lactose Intolerance? Find Lactose Intolerance Facts Here
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:
- What is lactose?
- How do I know if I have lactose intolerance?
- Why did I get lactose intolerance?
- Is it a milk allergy or lactose intolerance?
- What is lactose-free milk?
- 12 ways to manage lactose intolerance
Answers to common questions about lactose intolerance, pregnancy and children:
- Is lactose intolerance genetic?
- Should I cut back on dairy during pregnancy?
- Should I give up milk, cheese and yogurt while nursing to help prevent my baby from becoming lactose intolerant?
- What you need to know about kids and lactose intolerance
Resources for health and wellness professionals:
- Science Summary: Dairy & Lactose Intolerance
- Lactose Intolerance & Health Disparities
- Quick Pocket Guide to Lactose Intolerance Friendly Dairy Foods
This article was originally published September 9, 2016.