Name: Lactose Intolerance: What You Need to Know (Brief Awareness Overview)
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Did you know that if 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. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk. Lactose intolerance is not serious, but it can make you very uncomfortable after you eat foods with lactose.
After eating foods with lactose in them, you may feel sick to your stomach. You may also have cramps, bloating, gas, or diarrhea.
Some illnesses can cause these same problems. Your doctor can do tests to see if your problems are caused by lactose intolerance or by something else.
You will need to avoid or eat less of foods that have lactose in them.
Lactose is in milk and all foods made with milk. It is also added to some boxed, canned, frozen, and other prepared foods, such as
Learn to read food labels carefully. Look for milk and lactose in the list of ingredients. Also look for words like whey, curds, milk by-products, dried milk, milk solids, and powdered milk. If any of these words are listed on a label, the product contains lactose.
Not necessarily. You may be able to eat a small amount of some foods with lactose. For example, you may be able to eat cheese or yogurt but not drink milk. Try a small amount of the food and then see how you feel. You can also drink lactose-reduced milk. And you can buy lactase enzyme caplets or drops that help you digest lactose.Bookmarks The following information, which has been distilled by the casebook author from this and other websites is particularly relevant to this casebook.