When it comes to lactose intolerance, the percentage of those affected can be quite high. In fact, depending on your genetic background, you may have up to a 90 percent chance of lacking the lactase enzyme that allows adults to consume dairy products containing the milk sugar lactose. Lactose intolerance is also a very individual condition and people often tolerate varying amounts of lactose. What does this mean? The good news is it means there can be many solutions that can help people still enjoy the recommended three servings of milk and milk products a day!
Low-fat and fat-free dairy products contain nine essential nutrients, specifically three of the nutrients of concern for Americans (calcium, vitamin D and potassium). If you avoid dairy foods because you have trouble digesting them, it could mean you’re not getting enough of these essential nutrients as well as the great taste dairy can bring to meals. Plus, consumption of dairy foods has been associated with a decreased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and with lower blood pressure. In addition, dairy products may have a positive impact on bone health, weight management (when included in a reduced-calorie, higher protein diet), improved nutrient intake and diet quality.
Many people eliminate dairy from their diet because they don’t know what foods DO work for them, but the truth is there are all kinds of solutions, tips and tricks.
Our friends at Dairy Good suggest using the acronym LACTOSE to start enjoying dairy again:
Don’t let lactose keep you from eating dairy and benefiting from all the nutrients it has to offer. Instead, use the LACTOSE solutions to enjoy dairy again!
Do you have other tips on how to enjoy the benefits and taste of dairy products that don’t aggravate your lactose intolerance? Tell us in the comments below!
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