Do you have Lactose Intolerance?
We may be able to eat as much dairy as we want when we are young. Our bodies can lose the ability to process sugars in foods we consume. Dairy contains a sugar called lactose or milk sugar. Our intestines have an enzyme called lactase that breaks down lactose prior to absorption. Sometimes we are born with low levels of the enzyme lactase or we produce less of it as we age. When lactose is not broken down from eating foods with dairy, it will cause gas, bloating, chronic stomach pain, or diarrhea.
Do you have the following symptoms or risk factors:
- Gas, bloating, or abdominal pain after immediately eating milk, cheese, or foods with dairy
- You are African-American, Asian, South American or American Indian descent
- Age greater than 50
Many foods we eat contain lactose. Review our list of foods containing lactose. We obtain lactose from more than milk. If you have these symptoms or risk factors, you should test for lactose intolerance with the Gut-Chek Hydrogen Breath Test for Lactose Intolerance.