What is Lactose Intolerance?

ice creamWhat is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is simply the inability to digest dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt,  ice cream,  and spreads. When someone is lactose intolerant, their small intestine does not produce enough of the lactase enzyme to digest lactose. Lactose is found in the sugars that contained in dairy. But what happens when a person accidentally eats food that contains dairy? Common symptoms after eating food that contain diary include cramps, bloating,  painful abdominal pain, and gas. Other symptoms include diarrhea and sometimes even nausea.

The specific symptoms that each individual feels after eating dairy products varies from individual to individual. When it comes to being lactose intolerant, there is no black and white. It is not just being 100% lactose intolerant only or not being lactose intolerant at all. There are so many shades in between. Some people are able to digest foods like cheese and yogurt while others are not. Some may even feel sick if they eat small amounts of dairy products. Thus the amount of enzyme each one of us produces and the amount of lactose we can digest depends on our individual bodies.  Some people are born intolerant to lactose and others become less tolerant as they grow older.

But as delicious as a bowl of vanilla ice cream sounds after a long day at work or school, there are other foods that are not as harmful to your body. If you are lactose intolerant,  just know you are not alone–  it sucks!

 

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