A food intolerance is a hypersensitive reaction to an ingredient in food, such as lactose. With a food intolerance, there is often a problem in the breakdown of food and with digestion. This may be due to the fact that there is a deficiency of a certain enzyme or an enzyme is completely missing. Normally carbohydrates, fats and proteins are broken down in the small intestine. If your digestion is not working adequately, these nutrients end up in your large intestine. There, the intestinal bacteria take care of the breakdown of these nutrients. The problem is that this so-called ‘fermentation’ process often releases gas and moisture that cause unpleasant intestinal symptoms.
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