Half of Brits are confused about what foods they should be eating to avoid a funny tummy

HALF of Brits admit to being confused when it comes to what foods are right for their diet — with a quarter ditching an entire food group following a funny tummy.

Research of 2,000 adults revealed 29 per cent keep away from anything that makes them feel bloated and 28 per cent stay clear of items that lead to stomach cramps.

Half of Brits admit to being confused when it comes to what foods are right for their diet and a quarter have ditched an entire food group because of a funny tummyCredit: Getty – Contributor

As a result, 38 per cent stick to the same meals to be safe, missing out on a more varied diet, the survey by Arla LactoFREE found.

Some 30 per cent said they believe lactose-free products are healthier, but seven in 10 have never added any to their shopping basket.

Rachel Campbell, of Arla, said: “Our research shows we’re a nation who are missing out on a range of delicious meals.

“Whether you’re lactose intolerant or simply want to live your life without lactose, you should never feel restricted by your diet.”

Around one in 10 Brits are thought to have lactose intolerance, with the condition particularly prominent in people of African, Asian or South American descent.

It is caused by the body not making enough of a hormone called lactase which breaks down the sugar found in milk and dairy products.

Signs of lactose intolerance include bloating, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Rhiannon Lambert, registered nutritionist, said: “Lactase is the body’s own enzyme that breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose so they can be absorbed through the intestinal wall and into our bloodstream.

“Those with a lactose allergy or intolerance, where the enzyme lactase is not present or doesn’t not function as effectively, may feel discomfort if lactose isn’t broken down into galactose and glucose in the intestines.

“If you are continuing to feel discomfort after eating certain food products, it’s always best to speak with a health professional to create a bespoke dietary plan.”

The research found nearly half of respondents said they want to make food choices that lead to feeling better physically and a quarter want to feel better mentally.

But 52 per cent feel confused when it comes to getting nutrition and diet right.

It also emerged 54 per cent were unaware of the difference between dairy-free and lactose-free options.

Some 71 per cent didn’t know lactose-free products do contain dairy, just without the lactase.

Nine in 10 feel it’s important to maintain a healthy gut, but 64 per cent were unaware lactose-free products can provide the same nutrients — like calcium and Vitamin D — as dairy products.

Around 30 per cent think lactose-free products are strictly for those who are lactose intolerant.

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