Q&A on lactose intolerance

How often can yogurt be consumed by lactose maldigesters and intolerants?

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National and international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recommend the daily consumption of fat-free and low-fat (1%) dairy products such as yogurt. Several national nutrition organizations such as the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans and French Nutrition and Health National Program (Programme National Nutrition Santé) even recommend that adults consume three servings of dairy products daily.

These recommendations apply to lactose maldigesters and lactose intolerants also. Lactose maldigesters and intolerants can still consume lactose, in modest amounts, up to 12g in one intake or up to 24g, preferably in small amounts through the day, during meals, without experiencing symptoms.


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