When it comes to wellness and feeling good nobody knows you, like you do. But if you have any questions about lactose, lactose intolerance, lactose free dairy get all your answers here.
What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is the reduced ability to digest lactose – the natural sugar in milk and other dairy products. Your body simply produces too little of the enzyme lactase required to digest lactose and this may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
When you eat or drink dairy your body will start absorbing all the nutritious, delicious dairy goodness. This all happens naturally in the small intestine, when lactose is split into glucose and galactose by an enzyme called lactase. If your body does not produce enough lactase for the amount of lactose consumed, the lactose cannot be digested properly in the small intestine.
When the glucose and galactose are not split and lactose passes into the gut undigested, it stays in the bowel where it can ferment, producing abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, or no symptoms. The level of tolerance varies from person to person and depends on the amount of lactose digested.
Which products are free from lactose?
All dairy products naturally contain lactose, however, absolutely all of Arla Lactofree products are free from lactose. Fabulous news if you may be lactose intolerant or have a sensitive gut. Explore our range of feel good dairy:
Is lactose intolerance the same as milk allergy?
No, lactose intolerance and milk allergy are not the same thing. While a food intolerance to the sugar (lactose) in milk can cause discomfort, a food allergy to the protein in milk can trigger an immune system response.
Milk allergy is a food allergy caused by an allergic reaction to the protein in milk. This can trigger an adverse immune reaction and provoke an allergic reaction with symptoms that can occur within minutes or hours of digesting milk.
Arla Lactofree is not suitable for milk allergy sufferers but can safely be enjoyed if you have lactose intolerance.