Lactose intolerance is something near and dear to my small intestine. My milk guzzling days have come to an end. Sadly, yogurt doesn’t settle with me either.
Lactose intolerance is an issue that doesn’t just affect me, it affects millions in the U.S. of all ages. Lactose intolerance is also known as a lactase enzyme deficiency or inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) found in dairy products. Severity differs per individual. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea after consuming dairy products within a 30 minute to 2 hour time frame. This is not to be confused with having a milk allergy.
Can you still consume dairy with lactose intolerance? Yes, some can in small amounts or by using lactose free milk products. Some people can tolerate yogurt, kefir, and aged cheeses without issue. However, many people may not be able to tolerate any dairy. Many non dairy products are also more widely available for people with lactose intolerance including soy, rice, and almond products.
Many supermarkets have dietitians with resources for people with lactose intolerance. Wegmans has an online lactose free resource list for consumers to download. Check with your local supermarket to see if they have a Registered Dietitian you can talk to or have a resource list available for consumers.
Do you have a favorite lactose free product that isn’t listed? Let me know.
Lactose Free Milk Products
Lactaid Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Yoplait Lactose Free Yogurt
Lactaid Ice Cream
Kozy Shack Lactose Free Puddings
Breyer’s Lactose Free Ice Cream
Organic Valley Lactose Free Milk
Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Yogurt, Kefir, and Sour Cream : Found at Whole Foods and The Fresh Market Nationwide. Check their website for more locations.
Non Dairy Products
Non Dairy cheeses: Daiya cheeses
Soy, rice, almond based frozen desserts
Almond yogurts: Amande yogurt, Almond Dream yogurt
Note: I am not endorsing any of the above products nor I am being paid to mention them. These are my own thoughts & experiences.
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