Loose stools are also a concern when you consume cheese, especially if you’re lactose intolerant. When undigested lactic acid sits in your digestive tract, it can lead to cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and general gastrointestinal discomfort. Nausea and vomiting can be symptoms too.
Lactose intolerance is a lot more common than you think. In fact, about 65% of the world’s population finds it difficult to tolerate dairy or dairy-based products. You could develop lactose intolerance as you age too, even if you weren’t born with an inability to break down this milk sugar. Health conditions that affect your gastrointestinal tract, like irritable bowel disease or IBD (which includes Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, and even injuries to your intestines, can cause lactose intolerance (via WebMD).
Now that you know what happens to your bowel movements with cheese consumption, should you be swearing off the stuff entirely? Not necessarily, according to experts.