Question:

What is Lactose or Lactose Intolerance?

Answer:

Lactose is the sugar that is in milk. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk, due to decreased levels of lactase, which is an enzyme produced in the small intestine responsible for digesting the sugar in milk (lactose).

The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin from 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose. Common signs and symptoms include:

- Diarrhea
- Nausea
- Stomach cramps
- Bloating
- Gas

Lactose-free dairy is an easy alternative that could help eliminate many of these unpleasant symptoms.
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