Are you lactose intolerant?

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Lactose intolerance in kids and adults is fairly common these days, but what does it actually mean?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest a sugar called lactose that is found in milk and dairy products. When you eat something containing lactose, an enzyme in the small intestine called lactase breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose, which are simple sugars that are absorbed by the body and turned into fuel.

To someone who is lactose intolerant, undigested lactose sits in the stomach and gets broken down by bacteria, resulting in painful gas, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Small children are less likely to be lactose intolerant, but many become intolerant to lactose as they get older. Some health care providers believe that lactose intolerance is a normal human condition, and in fact most mammals normally become lactose intolerant after weaning, when the body can start to digest solid food.

Treating lactose intolerance includes avoiding dairy completely or decreasing the amount of milk and dairy products consumed. Whether you’re lactose intolerant or not, Tofutti offers a range of non-dairy products that are delicious substitutes.

For kids who can’t eat ice cream on a hot summer day, this means they can indulge in delicious frozen treat like a Tofutti Cuties. Delicious premium Tofutti is sandwiched between two wafers. Available in vanilla, chocolate, cookies n’ cream, key lime pie, and mint chocolate chip, kids and grownups alike will love these frozen sandwiched treats.

 

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