We put 10 of the most common nutrition questions to Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn. Here’s question 4: Should people avoid dairy products?



If you struggle with eating dairy products – if you have some kind of gut-related negative symptom from eating dairy, whether it’s feeling bloated or getting a weird feeling in the back of your throat or asthma or eczema, and dairy doesn’t sit well with you – it’s safe to say that you should avoid dairy.

If you don’t have a problem eating dairy, if it sits well with you, then by all means it can form a very important part of a healthy diet, because it’s full of protein and calcium and other awesome things.

If you are lactose intolerance, you will know that having a glass of milk, or something with lactose in it, will result in bloating and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhoea.

Lactose is the sugar, the carbohydrate, found in dairy products. A cup of milk has about 10 grams of carbohydrate, and that’s predominantly lactose. Whereas, if you have cheese or butter or other dairy products that are mostly protein and fat – for cheese – and mostly fat – for butter – there is little, if any, lactose in there.

So bottom-line, if you have a lactose issue – avoid dairy. If you don’t – no problem.


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Question 1: How much read meat should I eat?

Question 2: Can I eat bread if I’m on a low-carb or keto diet?

Question 3: What is a healthy diet?

Question 4: Should I avoid dairy products

Question 5: Is eating plants only healthier than eating meat and plants?

Question 6: Do calories matter for weight loss?

Question 7: Do stress and sleep affect weight loss?

Question 8: Dietary guidelines – what’s wrong with them?

Question 9: Does alcohol contain a lot of sugar?