Confused about lactose intolerance? You’re not alone.
Many misperceptions are associated with this condition. One is that lactose intolerant individuals need to cut dairy foods from their diets. The good news is, for most individuals it’s not necessary to cut your favorite dairy foods from your diet, and can even lead to shortfalls of essential nutrients if you do. There are lots of ways lactose intolerant individuals can comfortably enjoy dairy foods and meet their nutrient recommendations.
Another misperception is that lactose intolerance is highly prevalent. The truth is lactose intolerance isn't as common as you might think. Here you'll learn about the prevalence of lactose intolerance and how it differs by race, ethnicity, and age, how lactose intolerance is diagnosed, the health outcomes of excluding dairy foods, dietary strategies to help manage lactose intolerance, and statements from government and health organizations supporting dairy consumption for those with lactose intolerance.
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What you need to know
Clear up common misconceptions about lactose intolerance.
Lactose Intolerance: Things to Know (PDF)
Don't Ditch the Dairy
Don't miss out on the nutrition powerhouse of milk. Learn how lactose-free milk and other dairy products can work in your healthy diet.
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Lactose Intolerance & Your Child
Get new information about lactose intolerance to provide nutrients for the growing years.
Lactose Intolerance and Your Child (PDF)
Learn More from Our Experts
Misconceptions regarding lactose intolerance can result in elimination of dairy products from the diet, potentially leading to nutrient shortfalls and risk of adverse health outcomes. Dispelling lactose intolerance myths can help avoid these negative consequences.
While a great number of us do our very best to consume the recommended three servings of dairy everyday, including milk, cheese, and yogurt, there are some people who believe that they are lactose intolerant and that they must avoid contact with any and all dairy foods.
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