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Lactose Intolerance: Summary

Confused about lactose intolerance? Find all the answers to most commonly asked questions below.

A diagnosis of lactose intolerance can often leave people with several questions. Is lactose intolerance the same as a milk allergy? Can individuals who are lactose intolerant consume some milk, or should they avoid dairy all together? Also, can lactose intolerance ever go away? 

BC Dairy has developed a series of articles to help answer these and other commonly asked questions about lactose intolerance.


Did you know that a milk allergy is related to the protein in milk, whereas lactose intolerance is related to the sugar in milk?

What is the Difference Between Lactose Intolerance and Milk Allergy?

Symptoms of lactose intolerance can be reduced or eliminated by eating small amounts of dairy foods each day.

Can Lactose Intolerant Individuals Adapt to Enjoy Milk or Dairy Foods?

Most people who have lactose intolerance think they can’t drink milk. In fact, you can! Find out how.

I’m Lactose Intolerant and Can’t Drink Milk.

Good news! No need to cut out all dairy products if you are lactose intolerant. So go ahead, have that cheese!

Should Lactose Intolerant Individuals Avoid All Milk and Dairy Products? 

For consumer friendly resources, try the following brochures:

Lactose Intolerance: Fact Sheet

Milk and Lactose Intolerance


For a detailed read on lactose intolerance, view NIH Consensus Development Conference Statement on Lactose Intolerance and Health from 2010 or the systematic evidence review used to inform the NIH statement. 

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