60 per cent of Indians suffer from milk intolerance (and many don’t even realise it)
Milk and other dairy products have been a major source of calcium for vegetarians. There has been an ongoing debate about dairy products and their consumption, which is why many people are turning vegan.
Veganism encourages people to completely give up consuming animal products. Not just this, it is even found that dairy products are harmful for many and thus should not be consumed. Read ahead to know if dairy products are good for you.
As more and more people are turning vegan, an increasing number of people are forgoing dairy products.
Talking about growth, adults don’t need milk once they are adults. But consuming milk and other dairy products have been a part of our lives forever now and thus feels natural to us.
A large population is lactose intolerant
Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk. The inability to digest this sugar is called lactose intolerance. As a kid, one’s body can break down lactose but as we grow up, most people lose their ability to break lactose.
Almost, 60 to 65 per cent of people in India are lactose intolerant, which means these people cannot digest lactose, which makes it an even relevant question should we consume dairy?
What is milk intolerance
The inability to digest milk sugar called lactose is called milk
intolerance. Lactose is broken into simple sugar by our body with the help of an enzyme called lactase. This intolerance can be due to various reasons including, low levels of lactase in the body due to congenital reasons, a decline in the lactase in the body due to ageing and other reasons like stress, faulty eating habits and anxiety.
Symptoms of milk intolerance
Milk intolerance can be mild or severe. The symptoms usually begins 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking milk or other dairy products. The symptoms also include bloating, pain, cramps, rumbling sound in the belly, gas, vomiting or loose and foamy stools.
You can check if your symptoms are appearing with plain milk, you can try having dairy in other forms like buttermilk, curd or yogurt.
But milk has benefits too…
Milk has vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, potassium and phosphorus in it. It also has some vitmain A, vitamin B1, vitmain B6, zinc and magnesium. For vegetarians, milk is one major source of calcium. In fact, studies say one should consume at least two-three types of milk products daily.
Experts believe because milk is a good source of protein, calcium and immunity-boosting minerals, one must definitely consume it if they are not lactose intolerant.
There is no evidence yet that dairy products have any major side effects. So, if you like dairy products and feel fine after consuming them, you can have them.
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