“Yogurt improves lactose digestion” is one of the 10 evidence-based conclusions made by the YINI board about the health effects of yogurt… learn more below
People with lactose intolerance can eat dairy products without experiencing significant symptoms
Dairy products are recognised as an important part of a healthy diet as they are a source of several nutrients.
Dairy products are particularly important for providing calcium, for which it is difficult to achieve the recommended daily intake from a dairy-free diet.
It is therefore important that dairy products are part of everyone’s diet, including people with lactose maldigestion or intolerance. People with lactose intolerance or lactose maldigestion can generally tolerate a single intake of up to 12 g of lactose (equivalent to about one glass of milk), particularly when consumed as part of a meal, with no or minor symptoms.
“The living bacteria in yogurt allow people suffering from lactose maldigestion/intolerance to gain the nutritional benefits of dairy products.” – Professor Naima Amrani
There is some evidence that a daily intake of 24 g of lactose can be tolerated if it is distributed throughout the day and consumed with other foods.
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