Harvard Women's Health Watch

I can't eat that!

Food intolerances make dairy and other foods hard to swallow.

As a child, you loved eating ice cream cones and drinking glasses of cold, delicious milk. Today, those same dairy treats leave you feeling gassy, bloated, and miserable. Could you be lactose intolerant?

You might be. Up to 20% of Americans live with intolerances to ingredients found in foods, most commonly the lactose in milk and the gluten in wheat and other grains. Even foods you ate with ease when you were younger can begin bothering your digestive system as you get older.

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