Can you drink lactose-free milk even if you are not lactose intolerant?
Lactose-free milk is made by adding lactase to regular milk, breaking down lactose into simple sugars that are easier to digest. Though it’s slightly sweeter, it can be a good alternative for people with lactose intolerance. Still, it’s unsuitable for people with dairy allergy or those avoiding dairy for other reasons.
Is dairy bad for you if you’re not lactose intolerant?
However if you’re not actually intolerant to dairy-products, going the whole hog (or cow) and cutting all dairy out of your diet could actually make you lactose-intolerant. It’s true that a large proportion of the world’s population are “lactose maldigesters,” which means they struggle to digest lactose.
What happens if you take lactase and you’re not lactose intolerant?
Normally, the small intestine produces an enzyme called lactase, which breaks down lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream. People whose bodies don’t make enough lactase can’t fully digest lactose, causing mild to uncomfortable side effects.
Is it bad to drink a lot of lactose-free milk?
Lactose-free milk sometimes requires more extensive processing than regular milk. Many of the disadvantages of drinking lactose-free milk are the same as with regular milk. New research suggests that an excessive intake of dairy products can increase the risks of cancer and heart disease.
Why does lactose-free milk hurt my stomach?
That’s because your small intestine isn’t making enough of the enzyme lactase. Lactase breaks down milk sugar so your bloodstream can absorb it well. A milk allergy can cause stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea, too.
Is lactose-free milk really lactose-free?
Lactose-free milk is still real cow’s milk – real dairy – but the lactose has been broken down to help the body digest it or, in some cases, the lactose in the milk is filtered out altogether.
Is dairy really unhealthy?
Milk and other dairy products are the top source of saturated fat in the American diet, contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
Is dairy bad for gut health?
A majority of people are sensitive to dairy. This means that they cannot digest the proteins (casein and whey) or sugar (lactose) found in milk. If your body cannot digest these, then it causes intestinal distress. Over time, continued consumption of dairy may cause damage to your gut.
Can you take lactose pills without being lactose intolerant?
Using lactase enzyme tablets or drops.
Over-the-counter tablets or drops containing the lactase enzyme (Lactaid, others) might help you digest dairy products. You can take tablets just before a meal or snack. Or the drops can be added to a carton of milk. These products don’t help everyone who has lactose intolerance.
Can Lactaid be harmful?
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Does Lactaid work for everyone?
But Lactaid won’t work for everyone
The Mayo Clinic explains that, sadly, lactase supplements taken either before or with food won’t work for everyone. Those whose bodies naturally produce more lactase will be less sensitive to lactose, or less lactose intolerant, than those whose bodies produce very little lactase.