Many people all over the world are lactose intolerant. Approximately 30 to 50 million Americans have the condition. This means their bodies have difficulty digesting lactose, the sugar that is found in milk and other dairy products.
Lactose intolerance is caused by a shortage of lactase, an enzyme that is produced by the small intestine and digests lactose. Lactose intolerance is not dangerous, but it can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea, after consuming dairy products.
People can have lactose intolerance to varying degrees. Some people cannot eat any dairy products without symptoms, while others can consume some dairy products in small quantities without problems. It takes trial and error to find out which foods and what quantities an individual can tolerate.
Many people believe that someone who is lactose intolerant cannot eat any dairy products, but that is not necessarily true. People who have a lactase deficiency often still produce some of it, which means they can eat foods containing a modest amount of lactose without symptoms.
Praline’s serves some delicious desserts that are lower in lactose than ice cream. You may be able to enjoy them even if you are lactose intolerant and cannot eat ice cream.
We serve sherbet, which contains less milk and fat than ice cream. Some people who have moderate lactose intolerance can enjoy sherbet without a problem.
Another option you can try at Praline’s is sorbet. It is made from fruit and can contain other ingredients to give it flavor. Sorbet is made from ice and has a grainy texture. Changing the amount of sugar, water, and other ingredients can affect the texture. Sorbet does not contain any dairy products.
If you are lactose intolerant, that doesn’t mean you need to avoid delicious desserts. You can come to Praline’s and try some of our sherbet or sorbet in many flavors with the toppings of your choice. Come to Praline’s with your family today.