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The Best Lactose Free and Soy-Based Products for Lactose Intolerant People

Updated on May 11, 2009

People with a lactose intolerance are often able to digest milk and dairy-based products because they lack the ability to stomach the lactose that is contained in them. Lactose intolerant individuals may find it very hard to find and buy food products that their bodies will agree with. Alot of the foods you buy at the supermarket now have soy-based or alternative versions that people who are intolerant of lactose or are vegan can enjoy.

Soy Milk:

The best wayto start eradicating the sources of lactose in your life is to switch to soy milk. It may take a while to get used to the taste difference, but once you do, you will learn to enjoy soy milk and its non-irritating goodness. It can be used in recipes just the same as regular milk.

For those of you who are worried about the fat, etc., you will find that there is little discrepancy between the fat contents of milk and soy milk. However, soy milk does come in light and fat free versions which are just as good as the original version. 

Soy Ice Cream:

On the market, there aren't as many versions of soy ice cream as soy milk. Soy ice cream tends to be a delicacy for me, as a tub is about as expensive as a tub of gourmet ice cream. A recommended brand of soy ice cream is SoGood. It comes in a variety of flavours and should be stocked by your supermarket. Great flavours to try are chocolate and chai vanilla. 

Lactose-Free Cheese:

You'll find that brands of lactose-free cheese are uncommon to be stocked by supermarkets and you'll be limited in choice if you happen to find any. It is advisable for you to go to the biggest supermarket in your area to to to find this product, as other, smaller supermarkets will not stock it. My favourite lactose-free cheese is Tofutti, which is made from tofu. It has a deeper yellow colour than regular processed cheese but tastes, in my opinion, better - and nothing like tofu! It comes in prepackaged slices and is a little more expensive than your regular sliced cheese. 

Lactose-Free Yoghurt:

Your regular supermarket should stock at least a couple of brands of lactose-free varieties of yoghurt. Their taste is rather different from dairy yoghurt, but once again, better in my opinion. 2 tubs will cost you about the same as your regular yoghurt, but they're also good to pick up when reduced - as long as consumed by their use-by date. Good brands of alternative yoghurt are Liddell's Lactose Free Yoghurt and SoyLife.

While shopping, you may have to look harder for the lactose-free versions of all your favourite products. Good luck.

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