Are you one of the 30-50 million Americans who find eating dairy products like milk, ice cream, and even a slice of cheese pizza to be a painful experience? If so, you might be suffering from a digestive condition called lactose intolerance.
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Lactose intolerance is defined as lacking the ability to digest lactose, the predominant sugar found in dairy products. When this happens nausea, stomach cramps, bloating and diarrhea may result. While not considered to be dangerous, lactose intolerance can be very uncomfortable. Doctors can test patients to see if they are lactose intolerant.
A person who is lactose intolerant may minimize the symptoms by eating smaller servings of dairy products, replacing dairy products with other foods, drinking lactose-reduced milk, or adding lactase enzymes that are available over the counter to their diet.
Care must be taken to assure that calcium and other nutrients provided by dairy products are replaced for balanced nutrition.
Learning to cook without dairy foods can be done without sacrificing the taste of your food. The palate can accept subtle changes in the way you eat, without letting you feel that you have given up delicious flavors. Experimentation with new flavors and ingredients is needed.
Lactose intolerance may be widespead affecting people of all ages and ethnic populations (as many as 75% of all African-Americans and American Indians and 90% of Asian-Americans are lactose intolerant). But by following a carefully chosen diet, most people can reduce the symptoms and protect their health.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff