Sumary of A closer look at lactose intolerance:
- When you love milk, but it doesn’t love you back, you may be lactose-intolerant.
- Lactose is the main carbohydrate, or sugar, found in dairy foods.
- Most babies and children make enough lactase to enjoy dairy products without worry.
- Which is good, since dairy is an important source of calcium and protein for growing little ones.
- However, many adults lose the ability to produce lactase, causing lactose intolerance.
- It’s also possible to become temporarily lactose-intolerant after a gastrointestinal illness.
- When lactase is lacking Without enough lactase in the small intestine, lactose isn’t digested, which can lead to bloating and gas caused by bacteria in the large intestine breaking down the lactose.
- Some people experience abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea or even vomiting within 30 minutes to two hours after eating a food containing lactose.