Must I avoid dairy if I am lactose intolerant?
No, it is not necessary to avoid dairy if you are lactose intolerant. International authorities such as the National Institutes of Health agree that most people who have lactose intolerance can eat small amounts of dairy foods without it causing discomfort.
No, not all dairy contains intact lactose – some fermented dairy products such as yoghurt, maas and some cheeses through the fermentation process, have has the lactose enzymatically digested so it no longer requires the digestive enzyme lactase and as such will not cause the same symptoms as lactose-containing foods. The other alternative is to supplement a dairy-rich meal with a digestive enzyme supplement which is able to assist with the digestion of the lactose in the meal.
For further reading please visit our page on Lactose Intolerance.