Disclosure: this is a sponsored post, written while participating in my partnership with National Dairy Council and One2One Network, however all opinions expressed are my own
Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month: 28 Days of Eating Confidently, Living Fully
Lactose intolerance is a food sensitivity very common and sometimes undiagnosed. People who are lactose intolerant don’t naturally make enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (a sugar naturally found in milk). Around 1 in 10 adults suffer from Lactose Intolerance with symptoms such as gas, bloating or diarrhea. Lactose intolerance is not the same that cow’s milk allergy.
Lactose intolerance does not mean that the person has to avoid dairy. There is lactose-free dairy milk (Lactaid) and other lactose-free products, some natural cheeses such as Cheddar, Monterrey, and even Swiss have such a small amount of lactose that they can be eaten by a person that has lactose intolerance. Always remember that there is a good variety of these product that are available in organic presentations and without any chemicals on them.
The good news for people with lactose intolerance is all the things they can eat: small amounts of lactose could cause no side effects (each person is different, so it is a try-error individual for each case), they can also have lactose-free dairy milk, natural cheeses, and yogurt.
If you think you are lactose intolerance this is what you can do
You do not have to give milk or milk products just because you are lactose intolerant. You still need all the nutrients that are available on those milk products and you can enjoy delicious dishes and even eat at parties!
The NDC’s Lactose Intolerance Page has great information about Lactose Intolerance and great resources
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole