Several international and national medical organizations, including the European Food Safety Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the US National Medical Association, recommend that lactose maldigesters and intolerants should not avoid dairy foods in order to prevent nutrients shortcomings. Instead, lactose maldigesters and intolerants should adapt their diet.
Lactose maldigesters and intolerants can still consume lactose, in modest amounts, up to 12 g in one intake or up to 24 g, preferably in small amounts across the day, during meal, without experiencing symptoms. Several organizations also recommend the consumption of yogurt containing, at least, 108 live bacteria Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, which improve lactose digestion and prevent symptoms in lactose intolerants.
The World Gastroenterology Organisation has put forth a similar statement, to consume fermented dairy products containing probiotics, with proven benefits on digestive health, which is a tip from their 10 global diet and lifestyle tips on how to improve digestive health.
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