When it comes down to the severity of lactose intolerance, some people cannot digest any products that contain dairy. Others, however, can digest foods such as cheese and yogurt. The amount of dairy each person can digest is solemnly based on the amount of lactase enzymes their small intestine produces.
For someone whose lactose intolerance is mild, they are still able eat dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, butter, and goat’s milk. Yogurt contains lactase but not as much as a cup of milk does, which is 11 to 12 grams. If you can still digest yogurt, aim for Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt contains less lactase than whole-fat yogurt, which has 8.5 grams, and non-fat yogurt, which contains 14 grams.
Why is Greek yogurt the better yogurt to eat than all the others? Greek yogurt contains 6.5 grams of lactase for every 6 ounces. It is also very tart due to the probiotics found within it. Probiotics “eat” some of the lactose (the sugar in milk) found in the yogurt, making the sugary taste not be in it. Not only does Greek yogurt contain less lactase, it is also very nutritional. Just because you are lactose intolerant you will stop enjoying foods such as yogurt. If your lactose intolerance is severe then take a lactase enzyme and enjoy that yogurt!
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