15. Tolerate Milk?
Milk contains a natural sugar known as lactose. The enzyme that breaks down lactose, is known as lactase. People who are lactose intolerant lack enough of the enzyme lactase and are therefore unable to complete digest lactose. It is the undigested lactose that causes cramping and gas. Lactose intolerance in fairly common, and as we get older we are more likely to become lactose intolerant. Not all dairy contains a lot of lactose. Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt can have very low levels of lactose, because much of it is broken down during processing. In any case, people tend to suffer with varying degrees of lactose intolerance, with many able to eat cheese and take small amounts of milk (with coffee for example). Your family practioner will be able to test very easily for lactose intolerance.