Lactose Intolerance Diet

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What is Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the absence of a particular enzyme called lactase in the small intestine that breaks down lactose into smaller components to be absorbed. Because it is neither broken down nor absorbed by your body, it instead is broken down by bacteria through the process of fermentation which results in gas, bloating, diarrhea, and other symptoms.

Humans usually have the enzyme as children and it serves an important role in breaking down the breast milk that is consumed. However, as you grown your reliance on milk is reduced, causing your availability of the enzyme to diminish to the point where you may become lactose intolerant.

Lactose Intolerance Treatment

Reducing the intake of milk will alleviate the intestinal symptoms of lactose intolerance. One can do this by replacing milk with alternatives like silk (soy milk).

Partially digested dairy like yogurts or cheeses have lower levels of lactose and may be easier to consume depending on your degree of lactose intolerance.

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