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Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet

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I agree. Cow's milk is for baby cows.

There are plenty of vegetable sources of calcium without having to take supplements. It seems a shame to me that most people don't know that they can get calcium from kale and almonds just as easily as they can from cow's milk without all of the dangers of casein, which is a powerful carcinogen.

Don't get me wrong, I used to love milk and cheese, but after learning about all of the harm that it does, I just could not stomach it anymore. It also makes me sad that none of spark's meal plans are dairy free. Report
Cow's milk is for baby cows, not humans! I agree with BARBBF!

People who cannot tolerate lactose are the norm! Our bodies slowly turns off the gene to make the lactose enzyme into adulthood after we are weaned off of our mother's milk. Those who can still tolerate milk into adulthood have a mutation that keeps the gene turned on, so they can still break down lactose. Report
Another hidden source is medication - always check the inactive ingredients. Report
I sometimes take care of my 5 year old nephew who has always been lactose intolerant. Even the lactose free milk gives him gas. He loves almond milk and ice cream, so I have to buy him sorbet. As I get older I find that I cannot drink it anymore as well. It helps me when I have to take care of him because I am more careful when he is around. This article is very helpful I will share it with his mother, and not to worry I will still encourage her to work with the doctor to find alternatives for him. Report
Thanks for the list of foods one might not consider when seeking to avoid dairy...they can sure wrench you stomach, that's for sure. Although i have a major problem and use Lactaid or Dairy-Ease, I can enjoy yogurt and some cheeses, including cottage cheese. Report
I am new to this board and and wanted to comment about those of you who have
have problems with cheese. I also had the same issue, but there is a lactose free cheese available. The brand name is Cabot and they are from Vermont but the cheese is available in most grocery stores. I am in PA and I can get in any of our stores around here. I use the seriously sharp and I have no problems after eating it.

I hope this helps

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Thank you for helping me understand better! I was most likely lactose intolerant my entire life, with severe belly aches that my adoptive parents thought were nerves (and caused nerves!). In my early adult days a doctor told me to "try" eliminating dairy from my diet but, like my parents, I sloughed it off. After childbirth symptoms increased. By early menopause I was fully lactose intolerant but with many respiratory issues. An allergist told me to try lactose free products but I still developed the Asthmatic Bronchitis. That's when he told me I have a Dairy Allergy (and lactose intolerance). I've been about 7 years without dairy now and it is difficult, but tried-and-true, when I have any dairy products, I blossom out with a severe Asthmatic Bronchitis. I didn't understand but your article shed a lot of light on the subject for me. Thanks! Report
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. Report
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 Report
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.

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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report

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