Health Tips: Is Lactose Good for You? Contd.

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Why Am I Lactose Intolerant?

You might never guess it, but yes, lactose intolerance is very often inherited. This case is referred to as Primary lactase deficiency.

It develops typically before the age of 20 years. It is the most common type of lactose intolerance, occurring when an infant is weaned from milk to solids. This withdrawal greatly affects lactase production and prompts symptoms of intolerance.

Foods to avoid for lactose intolerant people include; cakes, milk chocolate, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and custard Click To Tweet

Treatment

Like earlier stated, treatment for the disorder involves a restriction or avoidance of foods with high lactose content such as milk, cheese, cream and ice-cream.

However, avoiding lactose includes some amount of trial and error. It can be difficult to identify foods which do not have milk as a predominant component, and, as such, might appear to be harmless.

A food diary outlining food consumption, and appearance of intolerance symptoms can help a great deal. Foods to avoid for lactose intolerant people include cakes, milk chocolate, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and custard. Alternatives to dairy include almond milk, flax, or soy milk.

Furthermore, people can often tolerate fermented milk products (such as cheese and yogurt) which can help them keep their calcium levels balanced without triggering symptoms.

Cutting dairy products from your diet can lead to malnutrition, so it is important to find nutrient substitutes to keep a balanced diet. Some of these are;

  • Calcium: beans, nuts and seeds, and broccoli
  • Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, liver, mango, egg, and peas.

Due to the generic nature of the symptoms, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis before removing dairy from your diet.

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