Disclosure: This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with National Dairy Council and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own.
Last year I wrote about lactose intolerance and I even made a yummy Lactose-Free French Toast. Kendall has never been officially diagnosed but we have noticed that she has a hard time processing milk so whenever possible I use lactose-free dairy products.
Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month: 28 Days of Eating Confidently, Living Fully
February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month so I am happy to bring some tips, recipes and other useful information to you all on behalf of the National Dairy Council. Having lactose intolerance likely doesn’t mean you need to avoid your favorite dairy foods, or miss out on their nutritional or health benefits.
Lactose intolerance is a type of food sensitivity and it is not the same thing as a cow’s milk allergy. People who are lactose intolerant don’t naturally make enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (a sugar naturally found in milk).
There are actually many solutions in the dairy case to help meet most people’s needs. In addition to lactose-free dairy milk (such as LACTAID) and other products, natural cheeses (such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella and Swiss) only contain a small amount of lactose, and the live and active cultures in yogurt help to digest lactose – making them lactose intolerant-friendly.
Roughly 1 in 10 adults report having lactose intolerance, and that’s through self-diagnosis (which
may be inaccurate). If you’re experiencing symptoms such as gas, bloating or diarrhea, it’s best
to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
- Try It. Opt for lactose-free dairy milk and milk products. They are real dairy milk products,
just without the lactose. They taste great and provide the same nutrients as regular dairy
- Sip It. Start with a small amount of milk daily and increase slowly over several days or
weeks to determine tolerance.
- Stir It. Mix milk with other foods, such as soups and cereal/oatmeal; blend with fruit or
drink milk with meals. Solid foods help slow digestion and allow the body more time to
- Slice It. Top sandwiches or crackers with natural cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby,
Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss. These cheeses contain small amounts of lactose.
- Shred It. Shred your favorite natural cheese onto veggies, pastas and salads. It’s an
easy way to get the nutrients and benefits of dairy and it contains minimal amounts of
- Spoon It. Enjoy easy-to-digest yogurt. The live and active cultures in yogurt – both
regular and Greek style – help to digest lactose.
If lactose intolerant, it’s still important to try to include dairy milk and milk products—which are
sources of calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins A and D, and other nutrients that support a
healthy lifestyle—as part of a balanced diet.
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