Is milk intolerance the same as lactose intolerance?
A milk intolerance has often been confused with lactose intolerance, but these conditions are very different.
Lactose intolerance sufferers have a lifelong deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which helps to break down lactose – the sugar in milk. This can cause lactose intolerance symptoms such as nausea, bloating and diarrhoea, which are also known effects of other food intolerances.
A milk intolerance meanwhile refers to the body’s reaction to the specific protein found in milk. The sufferer’s immune system wrongly interprets the proteins as a harmful invader and sends IgG antibodies to ‘attack it’, resulting in a range of inflammatory responses.