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Milk for Lactose Intolerant People

Updated on July 14, 2011
Several types of milk for lactose intolerant people photo: rae @flickr
Several types of milk for lactose intolerant people photo: rae @flickr

Symptoms Associated With Lactose Intolerance

If you have been searching for the best milk for lactose intolerant people, you've come to the right place. Lactose intolerance is the inability to be able to break down a form of sugar in dairy known as lactose. It's actually a widespread problem, which affects millions of people in the USA alone.

Before we talk about milk for lactose intolerance, look over these symptoms of possible lactose intolerance. See if you fit the profile.

Here is a set of potential warning signals for lactose intolerance:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Queasiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Weight loss

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Types of Dairy and Milk for Lactose Intolerant People

Just because you can't tolerate cow's milk, it doesn't mean you have to avoid all dairy products. Many people who suffer from lactose intolerance may tolerate modest portions of dairy products with no signs or symptoms. These types of dairy products might be easier to digest amongst individuals with lactose intolerance symptoms:

  • Goat milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Dairy foods and milk which are lactose-free
  • Milk with the added enzyme, lactase
  • Soy milk, presuming there aren't any known allergic reactions to soy
  • Ice cream
  • Hard or aged cheeses
  • Yogurt as well as other fermented milk foods, such as kefir

Goat Milk and Soy Milk for Lactose Intolerant People

As mentioned above, if you think that you are lactose intolerant, you might want to try goat milk. It is actually very good, and tastes almost just like cow milk. (I like it better.) There are no huge distributors of goat milk, so just scan your grocery shelves. You should be able to find goat milk.

If you're looking for a soy milk product to drink as milk for lactose intolerance, Silk brand Soy milk is very popular. Silk Soy Milk is distributed by one of the biggest dairy suppliers in the USA.

Silk Soy Milk is dairy-free. This makes it risk-free to consume if you have milk allergies. Silk Soy Milk is naturally lactose free as well. If you are sensitive to many foods, Silk soy milk may be an excellent choice. It has absolutely no wheat, oats, barley, gluten, rye, or malt.

There aren't any animal derivatives either, which makes soy milk a vegan food. All Silk milk products are certified Kosher OU-D. This guarantees that Silk Soy Milk has been processed using rigorous standards for cleanliness and quality.

There are several types of soy milk for lactose intolerant people to choose from with Silk milk products. There are chocolate and vanilla flavors, milk with added fiber, and more. Chocolate Silk Milk is the only Silk flavor which contains a little caffeine, 3.6 mg per cup. Silk Soy Milk includes a natural unprocessed sugar known as cane juice.

Additionally, it provides essential omega-3 fatty acids. Silk Soy Milk is a superb source of calcium. A cup provides 20% of the daily recommended allowance. A single serving of Silk Soy Milk only has 100 calories. It also has only 3.5 grams of fat, 95 mg of sodium, and 10 grams of carbs. It's loaded with vitamins B12 and riboflavin, magnesium and calcium. You'll find it has 7 grams of sugar for each 8 ounce single serving.

Cow's Milk for Lactose Intolerant People - Yes, It's True

If you want the real deal, it is still possible to drink genuine cow's milk, even if you are lactose intolerant. This milk for lactose intolerant people was specially developed for just that purpose. It is called Lactaid. Lactaid is simple to digest. A natural enzyme called lactase is added. It breaks down the lactose into two simple sugars, which make them easy to digest. This means you are now able to drink milk, or use it with your  quality recipes without suffering.

Lactaid milk is genuine grade A, pasteurized 2% milk which contains 500 mg of calcium in a cup. This is compared to 300 mg of calcium in a cup of regular 2% cow's milk. One cup of 2% Lactaid has 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein. Plus Lactaid contains vitamins A and D.

However, with nearly 40% less fat than whole milk, it's hard to beat Lactaid milk, even if you're not lactose intolerant. It tastes great plus it's filled with quality proteins. And LACTAID® Milk originates from dairy cows which have not been given artificial growth hormones.

There are several varieties of Lactaid milk to choose from, too. Try them out for yourself- Low Fat, Fat free Lactaid, Whole milk, and Lactaid that is fortified with extra calcium. Look for it in your grocery store. It's easy to find. Even discount stores with a grocery section usually stock it. It does cost more than 'plain' cow's milk, but it's worth it if you suffer from lactose intolerance.

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      pinkboxer 7 years ago

      Great hub! Highly informative. I drink Parmalat. I am a fan.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It must be a real help to people who can't have milk.