Saturday, June 15, 2013

L Is For Lactose

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z through the land of dairy! 
There's no need to pack your bags, just come along! 
  L Is For Lactose

Lactose Intolerance is a body's limited ability, or even inability to digest lactose - the sugar naturally found in milk. It can cause abdominal pain, bloating and gas. So people affected by lactose intolerance can't eat dairy? Not true! The symptoms can often be managed by diet. Treatment of lactose intolerance by eliminating dairy products is usually not necessary. Avoiding dairy can lead to inadequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. So what? Dairy and its essential nutrients (nutrients that your body can not produce and therefore must come from what we consume) are associated with weight management, better bone health (which may help prevent osteoporosis), and reduced risk of certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Dairy is important to your health, but you don't want to live with symptoms from lactose intolerance? I get that. Step one! Talk to your doctor. Your health care provider recognizes the health benefits of dairy in your diet and also can discuss the consequences of avoiding dairy.

Here are 5 tips to help you cope with lactose intolerance that can keep dairy in your daily diet - 
  • Go slow. Build up a tolerance. Start with small amounts.
  • Opt for lactose-free or reduced-lactose dairy.
  • Eat dairy with meals to help in digestion.
  • Eat live culture Greek or regular yogurt.
  • Choose natural, aged cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Mozarella and Monterrey Jack. They contain minimal lactose.

Thanks to the following resources for this information. Check them out to learn more about Lactose Intolerance
Midwest Dairy
National Dairy Council
Pinterest - National Dairy Council (recipes for lactose intolerance)

 Learn more about dairy at Dairy Makes Sense
I am making a commitment to share as much as I can with you each day this month, about the life of our dairy farm family including what we do, how we share our passion for dairy, and dairy foods we enjoy.

 See you here tomorrow...M is for Milk.

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