Lactose Intolerance: 12 Things You Should Know

Milk
  1. It affects roughly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S.
  2. Lactose is a form of sugar that occurs naturally in dairy products.
  3. Lactose is digested by the enzyme lactase. Lactase is available as a supplement to aid in digestion of foods containing lactose.
  4. All dairy products contain varying amounts of lactose.
  5. Lactose intolerance usually means you can tolerate SOME lactose.
  6. If you have lactose intolerance, you should still incorporate dairy into your diet as it is a good source of Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, and B Vitamins.
  7. It is more likely you will tolerate milk if it is mixed with other solid foods, which slow down the digestion of the lactose.
  8. Hard cheeses contain less than 1 gram of lactose per 1.5 ounce serving, and therefore, are typically tolerated by those with lactose intolerance.
  9. Butter is lactose free. HINT: If the amount of carbohydrates on the product is 0 grams, then it must be lactose free as lactose is a carbohydrate.
  10. Yogurt is more easily digested by those who have lactose intolerance because of the probiotics that naturally occur.
  11. Milk has the highest lactose content at 11-13 grams per cup.
  12. Everyone with lactose intolerance is a little different. Experiment with types of dairy and amounts of dairy foods to find what works for you. You can still enjoy many of your favorite foods!

For more information visit

http://www.dairymax.org/

http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance/Pages/facts.aspx#wha

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