IBS..equals Lactose Intolerance?

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   Posted 12/21/2005 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
  Given that everyone is different, on cetain foods they eat with the IBS-D, IBS-C, or both, I have the "C".
  Trial and error is key to this condition,with the digestive tract out of order and all,but can anyone tell me that having IBS in itself,automatically makes you Lactose Intolerant?
  People talk about live cultures (Yoplait supposed to be the best) But is yogurt a trigger food?  I'm hearing that IBS and lactose Intolerance is synonymous(sp) with each other...true or false?
  I'm Dying for pizza, yogurt,cheese, Pies,and cakes,but not worth the pain, I guess.
   Thanks for any info!    tongue

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   Posted 12/21/2005 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I honestly don't believe that lactose intolerance = IBS or vise versa....just about anyone can become lactose intolerant at any time. Certain ethnic groups are prone to being lactose intolerant, I believe some are europeans, and asians.

It's believed we get food (including lactose intolerance) intolerances because we basically eat the same thing over and over, but apparently you can overcome food intolerances by cutting them out of your diet for 6 weeks straight (making sure to read food lables, you'd be surprised of the ingredients in processed foods that you'd never expect to find) and then re-introduce the intolerant food in a small amount one time in a day, every 4 days.

Many peeps with IBS or IBD for that matter don't ever have lactose intolerance issues.

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   Posted 12/21/2005 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi unhappy,
I am not lactose intolerant... I love cheese, ice cream and milk & cookies. I think lactose can be a trigger at times (or in abundance), but not necessarily an intolerance.
I have heard that the lactose in yogurt is different than in milk. Hence, some lactose intolerants can handle yogurt. I'm not sure if that is true or not. Maybe someone can explain that one to us.

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   Posted 12/21/2005 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
The reason is because of the way yogurt is cultured compared to the way milk and even cheese is made, that's usually why even lactose intolerant peeps (like myself) have no problems with yogurt but everything eles must be consumed AFTER taking lactaid pills or drops.

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   Posted 12/21/2005 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not lactose intolerant.  I can even tolerate the fats in dairy despite not having a gall bladder.  I eat full fat yogurt on a pretty regular basis, along with full fat sour cream.  I just drank a quart of egg nog last week and boy, was it good! 
Asians are the most lactose intolerant racial group, if I remember correctly.  The next most intolerant are Africans and then Native Americans.  Caucasians (which, interestingly enough, includes the people of India and the Middle East--not just "white" people) are the least lactose intolerant.  The theory as to why this is the case is that you need sunlight to make Vitamin D.  As people drifted further north, they got less and less sunlight, so their skin became increasingly white in order to absorb more sunlight (also, how likely are you to get sunburned in Norway?).  They also think that people started drinking milk at this point in order to further gain Vitamin D from it and built up a tolerance to it.
If you find that you are intolerant to cow's milk, you may find that you can digest goat's milk better.  It also has lactose in it, but at much lower rates, so some people can tolerate it okay.  I assume if you were really hard up for some ice cream you could make some homemade ice cream using goat's milk.  And goat's milk cheese is something of a delicacy.  The milk in the refrigerated section is more like cow's milk (meaning you can drink it straight from the container), while the stuff in a can on a shelf is more like Pet's milk, meaning condensed and super sweet.  The other alternative--if you could possibly find it--is mare's milk.  The people of Mongolia have a long history of drinking mare's milk.  I assume since they are, as Asians, largely intolerant to cow's milk, mare's milk has much less lactose (if any at all).

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   Posted 12/22/2005 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not lactose intolerant and I cannot handle cheese either however I can handle almost any other type of lactose product (milk, yogurt, and other dairy). I would definitely take the advice in looking into lactaid pills or some other form to see if it makes a difference. If not, it could be something else that is giving you the triggers and not necessarily the lactose.
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