Baby and You

Johanna Hignett provides a brief overview of lactose and lactose intolerance symptoms plus its prevalence

What is Lactose?

Lactose is the sugar found uniquely in milk and before absorption is broken down to its constituent sugars, glucose and galactose, by the enzyme lactase.


• Avoid sources of milk and milk products as well as added lactose

• Read labels to check for added ingredients

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Did you know?

Hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Emmental, Edam and Parmesan contain very little lactose.

Get medical and dietetic advice

Essential for a correct diagnosis and of lactose intolerance and to ensure a healthy diet

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