When you are sensitive to dairy, you may feel like you have to give up a lot of your favorite things such as milk, ice cream, cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, and whipped cream. You’ll be please to know that some yogurts, such as Greek yogurt, can still be consumed, even if your body rejects all things dairy.[related]
Lactose intolerance happens when a person cannot digest lactose in the small intestine. Then, when it passes into the large intestine, bacteria in the gut ferments the lactose, which causes the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Greek yogurt happens to be an exception because a lot of the lactose is removed during processing. When the yogurt is processed, whey (the watery part of the milk) is strained out, which also removes some of the lactose.
When it comes to lactose intolerance, the sensitivity to dairy depends on the person. Some people experience more severe symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, nausea, gas, and diarrhea. It is best to consult with your doctor about what you can and cannot eat depending on your sensitivity. You can always make delicious lactose-free recipes to enjoy, as well.
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