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Is it wrong to take probiotics if I have dairy allergies or lactose intolerance?

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Probiotics multiply in a culture medium that usually contains dairy products. They are then purified and no trace of the culture medium remains. Health Canada requires the packaging to state: “This product has been in contact with dairy products. Do not consume if you are allergic to dairy products.“

However, it is not contraindicated for people who are lactose intolerant to consume probiotics from dairy products. In most cases, a small amount of lactose is well tolerated. In addition, clinical studies have shown that Lactobacillus are beneficial for people with lactose intolerance.

 

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