Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two smaller sugars, called glucose and galactose. Lactose intolerance is sometimes confused with a milk allergy, which is your immune system’s reaction to one or more proteins in milk, not the sugar.

Lactose Intolerance Fact Sheet - from The Ohio State University

Diet for Lactose Intolerance - from Nationwide Children's Hospital

Lactose Content of Foods - from OSU Extension

Are All Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Created Equal? - from the Live Healthy Live Well Blog

Dairy-Free Recipes - from Celebrate Your Plate


For more information, please contact Jessica Lowe at or call the Pickaway County Extension Office at (740)-474-7534.