Myth: Dairy for lactose intolerants

Myth: If you’re lactose intolerant you should avoid all dairy products.

Fact: People who are lactose intolerant don’t produce lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (the sugar naturally found in dairy food). But most lactose intolerant people can handle some lactose, Packard says.

“People with lactose intolerance vary in how much lactose they can handle, but small amounts of cheese are usually okay because cheese isn’t high in lactose. Yoghurt is usually well tolerated because the bacteria in yoghurt break the lactose down.  Some people can also tolerate small amounts of milk.”

Paula Goodyer

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