Aged Cheese can be better tolerated by individuals with lactose intolerance
Good news for cheese lovers who can not have their favorite food! Lactose intolerance is caused by a lack of the lactase enzyme in their small bowel. Based on this study, aged cheese contains less lactose, as the bacteria has had more time to work on its lactose. For example hard, aged cheeses such as cheddar, parmesan or gruyere has less lactose than more fresh cheeses such as Port Salut or mozzarella. This is because most of the lactose found in CHEESE winds up in the whey, rather than curd, and the lactose left in the curd is digested by the same bacteria that transforms the new curds into cheese. Sun-Sentinel.com, Nov 26, 2007 .