Do you feel sick after drinking milk or eating foods made with milk? You may have lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance means you cannot digest foods with lactose in them, the sugar found in milk. It is not serious, albeit you may feel very uncomfortable after lactose consumption.
Some signs that you may be lactose intolerant are:
- upset stomach
Other illnesses can cause these problems, so you will need to be tested specifically for lactose intolerance.
If your body is intolerant of lactose, you’ll want to avoid or consume less lactose containing foods. Learn to read food labels to discover if a product contains lactose.
Not only are you looking for milk and lactose in the list of ingredients, but also words like:
- dried milk
- milk solids
- powdered milk
- milk by-products
If any of these words are listed, the product contains lactose.
Everyone differs, so you may not have to avoid eating all your favorite foods containing lactose. Experiment by trying small amounts of the lactose laced foods and then see how you feel.
You might want to give lactose-reduced milk a try in your diet andrecipes. Also available is lactose free milk and lactase enzyme caplets or drops that help you digest lactose.
Stomach ache avoidance might mean kicking lactose out of your diet altogether.