If You Are Lactose Intolerant
If you are lactose intolerant and are following a lactose-free or lactose-reduced diet, there may be several milk products that you can consume:
- Lactose-free milk: As the name suggests, lactose-free milk contains little to no lactose. Available brands include Lactaid and Land O Lakes Dairy Ease. These products provide 300 milligrams of calcium per 1-cup serving and are available in fat-free, low-fat, and reduced-fat versions.
- Hard cheese: Cheddar and Swiss cheese contain very low amounts of lactose and may be well tolerated.
- Yogurt with active, live cultures: This product also may be tolerated, because it contains an enzyme that may help digest lactose.
If you are unable to consume enough calcium from food, you may want to talk to your dietitian or physician about taking a gluten-free calcium supplement. For a listing of manufacturers of gluten-free supplements, see Appendix A.
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