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Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet

Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium


  • I had a severe reaction for more than 20 years when I attempted to eat several foods, most especially pork. I eliminated all of them completely from my diet. But now, I have been able to slowly reintroduce them. I do not know - but it has been suggested by doctors - that now that pigs are being fed controlled diets and not refuse/scraps that this has changed the chemical composition of their meat. I have had many others who were just as reactive to pork as I was say that now they can consume some. Granted, there are precatutions I must take - as little grease/oli as possible, etc. But to be able to have sausage or bacon with everyone else for breakfast is a blessing. - 5/25/2010 5:23:37 AM
  • I believe that cow's milk is for baby cows. It took me years to realize that I was having stomach discomfort after drinking milk. Milk was "supposed to do the body good". (NO!!!!) Reports published from scientific studies indicate that 70% of African-Americans are lactose intolerant. BUT, there are also other reasons that one might want to avoid dairy products. From Robert Cohen of

    Americans continue to eat increased amounts
    of concentrated dairy products containing
    enormous amounts of saturated animal fat.

    During 1969, the average American drank 229 pounds of whole
    milk. By 1999, the average American was drinking just 69
    pounds of whole milk per year. Whole milk contains 2.079
    grams of saturated animal fat per 100 gram portion.

    In 1969, the average American ate ten pounds of cheese.
    By 1999, the average American was eating thirty pounds
    of cheese per year. (Ten pounds of milk are required
    to make one pound of hard cheese.) Wisconsin's cheddar
    cheese contains 21.09 grams of saturated animal fat per
    100 gram portion. In 2010, the average American will
    eat 34 pounds of cheese.

    A 2 pound glob of saturated fat multiplied by ten years
    of a child's life is equal to 20 pounds. By the time a
    child of the 21st century turns 30, he or she will have
    eaten 60 pounds more saturated fat than a child of the 60s.

    Got liposuction? Got obesity epidemics?
    Got heart disease and strokes?

    Robert Cohen - 5/4/2010 6:13:12 PM
  • I'm lactose intolerant and stay away from most dairy. I do use lactose free milk, and it actually tastes a lot better to me than regular milk.

    - 4/18/2010 12:00:32 AM
  • I'm lactose intolerant so avoid milk. I can eat cheese (proper cheese) to some extent since the lactose content in cheese (especially aged cheeses) tends to be quite low.

    but yoghurt and milk . . . I have to be very careful. Which is a shame as I do love cream. - 4/14/2010 2:26:28 PM
  • I'm lactose intolerant. I can eat small doses of cheese. But drinking milk puts under. Some smoothies with milk in them do too. I mainly get the gas and multiple trips tothebathroom. I usually just avoid milk as icant even stand the taste of white milk. In cereals I use milk but drain the spoon of milk and don't drink the leftover. I'm usually ok with that. But a full glass comes with consequences. Lactaid milk works. I just am not a fan of the taste of any milk unless of course it is flavored. - 3/24/2010 10:18:11 PM
    I'm a little disappointed that they don't mention other vegetable sources of calcium such as dark leefy green, broccoli, nopales. I'm very very sensitive to small amounts of dairy, so I can't "cheat" even with yogurt. - 12/22/2009 7:11:30 PM
    I have a dairy allergy that went undiagnosed until I was 28. Cutting dairy out of my life completely changed my overall health. (turns out I'm also allergic to eggs and wheat, too!) I would appreciate it immensely if SparkPeople's dietary plans had the option of a dairy-free meal plan. At this point in time, the meal plans are completely unusable for me. - 9/27/2009 10:38:50 PM
    I have been lactose intolerant since birth (33 years now). Went to a naturopath who suggested I eliminate all dairy from my diet. She said humans are the only species to continue to consume milk after being weaned. I've been dairy free for 6 months, and I feel FANTASTIC! No more bloated, gassy, uncomfortable feeling. No more chronic post-nasal drip. No more headaches. No more getting up in the middle of a meeting because I *really* need to use the bathroom. Even before I started Sparkpeople, I had lost 15 pounds not eating dairy (no exercise involved). The only drawback is eating out, but most restaurants are at least aware of the ingredients they use (or post them on their websites) and the degree of cross-contamination. I've found the transition to dairy-free fairly easy, since there are tons of options for people allergic to dairy and for vegans (soy milk, soy yougart, soy cheese). I'm a label-reader, and most companies make it easy to identify the allergen information on the labels (look at the end of the ingredients listing). Honestly, going dairy free is one of the best things I ever did for myself. - 7/26/2009 1:25:34 PM
  • I tried taking lactaid before, but I would always end up throwing up everything I had eaten until I had thrown up the pills. I can definitely handle dairy in small doses, I think it's when I used to eat an entire bowl of fettucine alfredo that was when it was the worst. - 6/25/2009 3:05:22 PM
  • I stopped eating dairy when I realized the lactose was intolerant of me. While I've missed cheese occasionally, the vegan options out there are pretty tasty and satisfy my cravings. Best of all, they don't have any cholesterol and are a little lower in fat. Always good in my book. - 5/3/2009 9:07:51 AM
  • I get a really upset stomach when I have any kind of dairy. It usually ends with a couple of trips to the bathroom. I recently found that horizon dairy makes lactose free milk, so I buy that now. It is delicious and it lasts longer than regular milk. The only problem is that it only comes in 2%, not fat free. At least now I know I am getting the calcium I need and I can enjoy a cup of cereal every morning! - 1/15/2009 2:52:40 PM
  • I have found that cheese is OK in moderation, now I understand why!! - 1/3/2009 1:38:34 AM
    The best source of calcium is dark leafy vegetables and legumes. Dairy is in fact a poor source of calcium because of its high protein content. Any protein we consume above our needs is converted to carbohydrate but the process causes our bodies to become acidic. The way our body neutralized calcium is with calcium. Drinking milk to battle osteoporosis is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

    If you look at the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis and the countries with the highest dairy consumption you will find that in fact they are the same. - 9/16/2008 3:36:27 PM
  • The article is good. I am lactose intolerant ( have been since a child) and finally after years of avoiding any milk products except for hard cheese,- except when I gave into my temptation....I found my threshold. I now know that I can eat a normal sevriving of cottage cheese as long as I have a carb with it- like crackers or bread. I can have a SMALL dish of ice cream- but only as a dessert after a light meal. I do need to take lactose tablets if I am not having the soft milk products with a meal or right after it, but my use of those have cut down severely by following my rules. I still cannot drink milk. I have tried the lactose free and soy milks and I do not care for the taste. But I can have every other milk product- so i am happy. Funny thing is- my mom had no idea I was lactose intolerant. The upset tummy every morning after breakfast she thought was a sensitive tummy...breakfast was usually cereal with milk :) She thought when I got upset tummies after a trip to the ice cream parlor was because I stuffed myself. I don't blame her, I did not figure it out until I was in my late teens and noticed the pattern. Because of getting sick every morning when I was young though, I stopped eating breakfast out of fear and now I really have to convince myself to eat it, now that I know it is possible to eat breakfast without getting ill. BTW even though I can eat ice cream, the fat free, sugar free will give me gas and bloating (but no pain or restroom trips)- I beleive it has more lactose in it. So just a heads up to those others who are lactose intolerant. - 6/25/2008 11:01:32 PM
  • I use the lactose tablets and they help with the stomach pain, but not the gas. I love dairy but it makes me feel so totally gross. I am frustrated about it. - 3/27/2008 4:37:03 PM

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