Lactose intolerance does not need to be a life sentence of a dairy-free diet. In fact, those who are lactose intolerant should reach for dairy foods first in order to ensure that they are receiving the important nutrients provided by milk, cheese and yogurt.
With these tips, you can stop avoiding dairy foods and start enjoying your favorite cheese or begin sipping on lattes every morning in no time!
Reach for lactose-free milk, which has the same 9 essential nutrients as conventional milk, just without the lactose that causes tummy troubles. Are you a chocolate lover? You’re in luck! Some people find that chocolate milk is better tolerated than white milk.
Hard, natural cheeses, like cheddar & Swiss, are low in lactose. Take a look in your dairy aisle and see the variety of cheeses available. Enjoy dairy again by topping your soups with shredded cheddar or adding curls of Parmesan on top of your favorite pasta!
Stir It Up
The live, active cultures in yogurt work to break down the natural lactose in the yogurt, making it easier to digest for those with lactose intolerance. Dig in to these Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars.
What is your favorite way to include dairy in your lactose-free diet? Share with us in the comments below or by tweeting to @TheDairyRD using #beyondLI.
Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD