It’s estimated that about 65% of people have a reduced ability to digest dairy after infancy.
It’s no secret, many of us find ourselves bloated, gassy, or even nauseous after consuming dairy in any fashion. I’m no digestion expert, however, if you notice some of these symptoms after consuming dairy, you might be lactose intolerant. In that case, you’ll do wonders for your body by reducing intake or cutting it out altogether!
Milk, cheese, yogurt, and the one most people miss, whey, all contain dairy. Whey, or what your protein shake most likely is, is a milk derivative, meaning the protein source comes from dairy products. While some people handle this totally fine, others notice the previously noted reactions.
If you’re currently using whey protein and notice these symptoms, there’s plenty of other options to keep your protein intake up without causing the discomfort. Pea protein, beef/chicken derivative protein, egg white protein, etc.
Due to the inflammation dairy has the capacity to cause in certain individuals, some people notice significant results simply by cutting out dairy or reducing intake.
It’s important to keep in mind, as most things, dairy isn’t bad. It’s totally situational, if you digest it just fine, more power to ya! If you don’t, give cutting it out a shot and see if you notice any difference.