Know All about lactose intolerance
By Nmami Agarwal
Lately there has been a lot of jazz around lactose intolerance. People end up calling it as milk allergy, when instead being lactose intolerant is characterized by a number of symptoms. Which could include abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and/or diarrhoea, that may happen after some people eat or drink dairy. If the symptoms take place because of an inability to breakdown milk sugar (lactose), then they’re said to have lactose intolerance, according to National Dairy Council. It is essential to be sure that the symptoms mentioned shouldn’t be due to another problem, which could be understood through the help of a doctor.
People can consume different levels of lactose, which makes it a very personal condition. For a body to digest lactose, it uses a natural enzyme called lactase to break lactose down into these two sugars. If your body doesn’t make enough lactase, you may not be able to break or absorb lactose, which then means – you are a lactose intolerant.
Are you one of every ten adults who report to have lactose intolerance? Do you wonder while you used to love having milk products sometime back and now face challenge to have your favourite delicacies? The good news is.. There are options to help you!
You can opt for lactose-free milk – it is as real as regular milk just without the milk sugar or lactose.
Clinical Dietitian and Nutritionist, Nmami Agarwal, suggests a few ways you can consume dairy in your everyday lifestyle, while increasing your tolerance for lactose – a little everyday.
- Slice it or Shred It – Top sandwiches, crackers, salads, etc., with natural cheeses which contain minimal amounts of lactose such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, mozzarella or Swiss.
- Spoon It – Try yogurt with live and active cultures that help digest lactose.
- Stir It: Mix milk with other foods to help slow digestion, eg. cereals, fruits, etc.
- Sip It: Start with small amounts of milk and increase it slowly over several days or weeks to find the amount that works for you.
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