Q&A on lactose intolerance

Can yogurt be consumed by all?


Yes. And more specifically, yogurt is recommended for lactose maldigesters and lactose intolerants because the lactose in yogurt is digested by the lactase produced by live bacteria Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.


Yogurt is a good source of several micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium and high- quality proteins, which help to control appetite and glycemia. Yogurt consumption helps to improve the overall diet quality and promotes the replacement of less healthy foods. Yogurt consumption is associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes.

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