By: Chloe Vijandre
What is lactose intolerance?
It’s when people can’t properly digest ‘lactose’ which is a type of natural sugar found in dairy products. Normal people who eat dairy or a food containing ‘lactose’ then a small intestine called ‘lactase’ breaks it down enabling them to digest it properly, however, when you have lactose intolerance it doesn’t digest correctly and it does not make enough lactase in their small intestine. Without lactase, the body can’t properly digest food that has lactose in it. It isn’t necessarily being allergic to dairy just unable to consume it properly.
What Are Some Effect From Intaking Dairy If You Are Lactose Intolerant?
These effects can occur any time between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the person.
What Are My Connections And Why Did I Choose It?
My grandma, my aunt and myself all have lactose intolerance. It runs in my family and my families genes. I also chose it because I never really knew much about it, so I wanted to learn more about it and also about myself and how I can learn things to benefit me
Why is this important to teenagers or myself?
This is important because all of us can develop it. What I mean is that you can just suddenly develop lactose intolerance, you don’t have to be a specific age to just get it. Actually 65% of human population are lactose intolerant and how they got it is either at birth or just developed it for me, I developed lactose intolerance at the age of 10, I asked my other relatives that are lactose intolerant and they developed around the age of 10. Also, it affects guys and girls equally. However, some ethnic groups have more people that are lactose intolerant, for example the dairy count in Italian cuisine vs. filipino food. That is because some food cuisines use more dairy than other. So then it is more likely to develop it. Especially asians since 80% of asians are lactose intolerant. It is important to teens also because at this time it is hard to control the proportions or amount of food intake in your body, so it shows teenagers that being balanced with the amount of dairy you are eating matters to your health later on.
How has my thinking changed? How does this affect my thinking about wellness?
Also I know more serious effects of eating dairy, when you’re lactose intolerant. I also learnt how many people worldwide have lactose intolerance.
I also know now that balance is a huge part of wellness that is because if you are are not balancing your dairy intake than you could develop lactose intolerance. My thinking has changed also because before I thought that Lactose Intolerance wasn’t that serious or bad but now I know that it can really affect someone’s balance and health due to the side effects that can occur.