Lacking Lactase

Recently, I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, which means I either don’t have the enzyme lactase, or I do have it just not enough to digest lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in almost all dairy products.  Some dairy products naturally don’t have it, while others were filtered and the lactose was removed. I can’t eat ice cream, frozen yoghurt or drink regular milk without getting sick. I can eat yoghurt, some cheeses and I can drink milk as long as there isn’t any lactose in it. Some cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan are naturally extremely low in lactose, which makes them safe for me to eat.   The only yoghurt I eat is Greek yoghurt, it has a higher concentration of probiotics, and while it may have a high lactose content, I am able to digest it because of the probiotics. I also just bought myself an ice cream maker so I can make my own ice cream and not have to worry about whether or not I can enjoy it. Being lactose intolerant isn’t the worst thing in the world, it just means I have to watch what I eat for dairy products, and learn what I can and can’t tolerate.

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