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Lactose Intolerance, what people without it won't understand

Updated on March 25, 2016

Do you suffer from lactose intolerance?

You're not alone. Thousands of persons suffer from this and have to learn how to cope without any dairy in their diet. Here are just some of the everyday obstacles of what sufferers of lactose intolerance go through.

You can't ever enjoy Macaroni 'N Cheese anymore

That great steamy bowl of Mac 'N Cheese you enjoyed as a child can no longer be eaten. It's depressing because its so good. This comfort food brings the kid back in all of us. To not be able to eat this is heartbreaking.

You cant enjoy lasagne either

As a child, my mother used to make a really great lasagne. I no longer can eat this because of the amount of cheese that is required to make this dish. Lactose intolerant persons who love lasagne can no longer eat this, too.

You cringe at the sight of ice cream

Ice cream is enjoyed universally by everyone. It's such a shame that this treat causes a great pain to lactose intolerant persons. There are, however alternatives, such as smoothies, but they're often made with dairy.

You cringe at smoothies too

Sometimes smoothies are great. But the majority of smoothies are made with ice cream and dairy. This makes it kryptonite for people who are lactose intolerant. I treat ice cream and smoothies the same.....I can't have them.

All red pizza is the only thing you can eat at a pizza party

Feel left out when the office or when pizza is ordered at a party or a function? You're not alone. Pizza is something that can be easily ordered for many people, and it's unfortunate that it contains cheese. Ordering pizza with no cheese just isn't the same. Pizza lovers enjoy pizza and the cheese in all of its gooey goodness is why pizza is eaten. Becoming lactose intolerant puts a damper in enjoying pizza.

Vegan meals are your friend, even though you're not a vegan

Since vegan meals are not supposed to contain animal products, you can automatically eat vegan food. It's safe for persons who are lactose intolerant. But not all vegan food tastes great. And if you are a meat eater, you may not necessarily enjoy having to do this.

Lactaid doesn't work all the time

Lactaid works very effectively for some sufferers of lactose intolerance. But sometimes it does not work for others. And for those, myself included, are left without options.

I've often wondered why they have Lactaid Milk. It's just regular milk with a liquid lactase enzyme in it. You could just have regular milk and chew a Lactaid pill. In all honesty, Lactaid never did work for me. I've always felt cramps in my stomach regardless of taking Lactaid.

You have to read every food label for hidden milk sources

Reading food labels has become a full time job for me when visiting the grocery store. I have to look at every ingredient on the list to see if there is milk or words that mean "milk."

"Alternative" milks become your new friend

Because I cannot have cow's milk, these alternative milks have become my new friend. Milks such as Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, etc. have become my new friend. But not all of those alternative milk products taste the same. Nor do they even taste good.

Cereal with no milk, anyone?

Because there is no true substitute for milk, even with the alternative milks, I have really learned to eat my cereal plain and dry. Honestly, it's not that bad as other people without lactose intolerance think.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Many who cannot tolerate cow's milk find goat's milk to be a great alternative. Also, almond milk and oat milk works really well in many recipes. There are a couple of reasons that soy milk and soy cheese type products are not for me, taste being primary. Label reading is an essential part of life for those who are intolerant/allergic to cow milk products, but knowing the definitions of labeling terms has a learning curve. It's nice that many companies add an allergy alert below their ingredient's lists now.

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      someonewhoknows 4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It,seems to me that milk products that have good probiotic bacteria in them would remove much if not all the lactose sugar in the process of producing foods like cheese.At,least natural cheeses.Not that cheese food junk.