We bring you good news: you don’t have to say goodbye to dairy products forever. Yoghurt may be your answer to still get in the vital nutrients provided by dairy!
What’s lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance, found in both adults and children, is an inability to digest lactose, a natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. The cause of lactose intolerance is a deficiency in the small intestine of a special enzyme called lactase.
Lactase’s role in human digestion is to allow lactose to be easily absorbed in the gut by splitting it into two simple sugars called glucose and galactose. If you’re short on lactase, you might experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramping and a runny tummy after drinking milk.
What about yoghurt?
It’s important to understand that not all dairy products are equally problematic for people who are lactose intolerant. Live cultures in yoghurt improve digestion of the product in individuals who have difficulty digesting lactose.
What are live cultures? These are ‘friendly’ living organisms such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, and their job is to convert pasteurised milk into yoghurt during the manufacturing process.
These two special cultures strains produce an enzyme called Galactosidase, which pre-digests part of the lactose (the sugar in milk). This is why, generally speaking, people with lactose intolerance can easily digest yogurt.
Scientific studies have shown that, with regular consumption, yoghurt can improve lactose digestion.
Not only that, but yoghurt is a nutrient-dense, tasty, handy and easily digested way to help people achieve their recommended daily dairy intake. It’s a delicious source of calcium and protein, and NutriDay yoghurt has the added benefit of being a source of Vitamins A, B, D and E – all essential nutrients your body needs daily.
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