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How does yogurt help with lactose digestion?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

A number of studies have demonstrated that intake of yogurt enhances lactose digestion in individuals with low intestinal levels of lactase, the enzyme necessary to digest lactose. The lower lactose content of some cultured dairy foods compared to that of milk may contribute to the beneficial effect of these foods for individuals who have difficulty digesting lactose. The beneficial effect may also be explained by the ability of the starter cultures used in the manufacture of yogurt with live, active cultures to produce the enzyme lactase, which digests the lactose in yogurt.

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