Enjoying Dairy when you have Lactose Intolerance

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for National Dairy Council and the LACTAID®Brand. I received product coupons from the LACTAID® Brand to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Every mom knows that dairy products are super important to the health of their families. Milk  is not only a good source of calcium, but it also contains protein, vitamins A and D, as well as phosphorus, all of which are crucial to building strong teeth and bones.

But what if someone in your family suffers from lactose intolerance? Should they still drink their milk and just try to endure stomach troubles, or should they cut out all dairy and be left to risk osteoporosis or an unhealthy nervous system?

enjoying dairy when you have lactose intolerance

My husband suffers from lactose intolerance, and let me tell you, it’s not very much fun. Two of his favorite foods are pizza and ice cream, and he likes just a simple bowl of cereal covered with milk in the morning for breakfast. Unfortunately, when he eats the cheesy pizza or any other dairy product, his stomach doesn’t like him for a few hours.

Did you know…

  • It is estimated that 30-50 million Americans believe that they are lactose intolerance
  • Lactose intolerance results from being unable to digest lactose, a sugar which is found in milk and milk products
  • Different people can handle different amounts of lactose, which is why some people can eat hard cheeses and yogurt with no problem as these foods contain smaller amounts of lactose
  • Many people who are lactose intolerant are not aware of the consequences of excluding dairy products from their diets

I’ve tried buying dairy alternatives for my husband in the past, but he didn’t like any of them…they just didn’t taste right to him. That’s when we decided to try out LACTAID® milk.

At first, he was a bit hesitant to try LACTAID®. He thought it was going to taste funny, just like all the other things we had tried, but when I explained to him that LACTAID® was real dairy with the addition of lactase, a tasteless enzyme that helps to break down lactose, he was willing to give it a try.

fruity smoothies for lactose intolerance

One of the first things I did was to make him a smoothie using LACTAID® milk. The whole family loves drinking smoothies…it’s a good way to get at least one of the three recommended daily servings of calcium-rich dairy into our diets.

I usually start off by filling the blender about half-full of milk, then I add a variety of frozen fruits and/or veggies, a tablespoon or two of sugar (depending on the sweetness of the fruit), and blend until smooth.

smoothies for lactose intolerance

This blueberry/strawberry/banana/peach smoothie was a big hit with everyone, but especially with my husband, because he was able to enjoy his drink without suffering with stomach troubles all evening.

Now that he knows how good LACTAID® is for him, my husband has been drinking it on a regular basis with no more digestive issues.  Since LACTAID® also makes ice cream and cottage cheese, he is looking forward to never having to deal with the symptoms of lactose intolerance again!

And now…a giveaway!

Thanks to the generous people over at LACTAID® and the National Dairy Council®, I am giving away free coupons for LACTAID® milk to one lucky My Mommy World reader!

All you have to do is enter on the form below.  Please note, if you are chosen as the winner, you have 24 hours to respond to my email with your mailing address, or I will have to choose another winner.

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For more information on lactose intolerance, please check out The National Dairy Council and LACTAID.

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