Did you know that your genetic code could play a role in your ability to absorb lactose? In some regions around the world like Europe lactose intolerance is not as high as it is in the United States. In the US about 36 percent of the population have an issue absorbing lactose. Lactose absorption occurs in the small intestine and those who cannot digest it fully may go on to develop stomach pain, bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. There is an easy way for people who are lactose intolerant to clear up their symptoms quickly and that is to stop eating foods that contain dairy. There are many dairy-free alternatives and this guide from howlongtocook.org
shows many different types of food groups that can be switched out for non-dairy substitutes. There is almond and other nut milks that are low in fat and still a good source of calcium and other vitamins. Alternatives for butter are plant-based margarines, olive oils, avocados and coconut oil. This guide also gives alternatives to cheese and ice creams and is a helpful chart to have on hand in any kitchen.