Lactose intolerance, refers to individuals who are unable to digest lactose (or sugars from dairy products) due to a lactase (an enzyme produced in the small intestine) deficiency. Without enough lactase, the body is unable to break down lactose into glucose to be absorbed into the bloodstream for energy.
Although it’s not dangerous, being lactose intolerance can be uncomfortable when dairy products are consumed. The only way to avoid the discomfort is to avoid foods and drinks that contain lactose or by taking lactase digestive supplements.
If you suffer from the following symptoms you may be lactose intolerant…
If you have stomach pain after drinking the odd glass of milk, you probably do not have lactose intolerance. However, if you experience stomach pain every time you have dairy—that includes milk, ice cream, whipped cream, butter, and sauces containing milk—you may indeed suffer from lactose intolerance.