Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose – a type of sugar found primarily in dairy products.
According to statistics, a whopping 75% of the human population are lactose intolerant to some degree or another, with Asian communities being the worst affected ethnic group.
While the condition is less common in European countries, there are a great number of people who could be living with the condition without even realising.
This is because symptoms of lactose intolerance can often be mistaken for other common digestive problems, such as IBS. After consuming food or drink containing lactose, sufferers will typically experience bloating, stomach cramps and pains, nausea, flatulence, and possibly even diarrhoea. The severity of these symptoms will depend on how much lactose is consumed.
So why can’t we digest lactose?
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