You can keep dairy from eating your kids, too.
A recent study found that those who followed a dairy-free diet for a year and a half reported fewer side effects, including lower incidence of stomach cramps and diarrhea.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, also found that people who had high levels of lactose intolerance, a condition in which the body produces too much lactose, did not have a reduction in symptoms.
“I was just thrilled that we were able to show a reduction,” said lead author Jodi R. Stagg, an assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“I think it’s really exciting.”
The researchers also found the diet had a dramatic effect on the digestive system.
They found that, in people who followed the dairy-friendly diet for six months, the incidence of certain gut problems dropped by more than 40%.
“It’s a pretty remarkable effect,” said Rene Zalasiewicz, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia.
“It’s one of those things that you can feel like you’re living in a fantasy world.”
The study is the first to look at lactose tolerance in children, although previous studies have found a link between lactose intake and children’s health.
That’s because lactose is a compound in dairy that breaks down during digestion.
Studies have found that children with lactose intolerances also have lower levels of good gut bacteria, which helps them tolerate dairy products.
But this study showed that lactose-intolerant children were also less likely to develop Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other chronic diseases, as well as have a shorter life expectancy.
“This study shows there is a difference between children who are lactose sensitive and those who are not,” said Stagg.
“Lactose is not necessarily a problem in everyone.
We can see that in dairy intolerances.”
While the researchers did not look at specific types of dairy products, they said they were able with the new diet to compare dairy products and other dairy products across the different categories.
“We can see there is an effect with certain categories,” said Zalaysiewicz.
“For example, people with lactase deficiency are more likely to have lower dairy intake.
So, we see a difference.”