Got Milk? You’ve Probably Got Gas, Cramps, and Diarrhea Too

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Milk Upsets More Than Your Stomach

A recent article in USA Today reveals why so many dairy-lovin’ adults spend too much time in the loo, cutting the cheese.

According to the article, titled “Sixty Percent of Adults Can’t Digest Milk,”

[P]eople who are lactose intolerant can’t digest the main sugar—lactose—found in milk. In normal humans, the enzyme that does so—lactase—stops being produced when the person is between two and five years old. The undigested sugars end up in the colon, where they begin to ferment, producing gas that can cause cramping, bloating, nausea, flatulence and diarrhea.

In other words, Gouda is no good for you and Swiss is a digestive miss.

The article continues,

Being able to digest milk is so strange that scientists say we shouldn’t really call lactose intolerance a disease, because that presumes it’s abnormal. Instead, they call it lactase persistence, indicating what’s really weird is the ability to continue to drink milk.

It’s time for milk-drinking “weirdos” to get off the can and discover the delicious world of dairy alternatives. They are better than cheddar and nicer than ice cream—for human health and for cows and their calves.

Written by Karin Bennett

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