Consumers still confused about lactose intolerance

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Results of a recent survey reveal that people in the United States
who have dairy digestive problems are still confused about their
condition.

Results of a recent survey reveal that people in the United States who have dairy digestive problems are still confused about their condition. Although 95 per cent of people with dairy digestive problems have heard of lactose intolerance, only 49 per cent of them understand why their bodies have trouble coping with dairy, reveals a survey sponsored by Lactaid. When asked, "How do you cope with dairy digestive problems?"​ nearly 75 per cent of respondents said they limit or avoid certain dairy foods. "Confusion about the cause and misinformation about the solution have caused many people to swear off dairy completely."​ said Raquel Moreno. At this year's American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition conference, the white paper, "Lactose Intolerance in the United States: Growing Concerns for an Increasingly Diverse Nation,"​ which explores the issues surrounding dairy digestive problems, the misinformation, the diagnosis and the treatment of this common condition, was released. The increasing diversity of the U.S. population may explain a multitude of resulting digestive issues. Of those surveyed, half (48 per cent) said they have a blood relative with similar symptoms, which may be attributed to a history of mismanagement of dairy digestive problems handed down throughout the generations.

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