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Being lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you have to feel uncomfortable eating dairy foods. Try these tips to help you enjoy milk and dairy foods again. Text in English and Spanish.

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Help Your Patients Enjoy Dairy Again

Many health authorities agree that low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products are an important and practical source of key nutrients for all people – including those who are lactose intolerant.

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On the "Life, Love and Health" radio program, gastroenterologist Dr. Jeanette Newton Keith, M.D., discussed the findings of the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance and Health, as well as some solutions to incorporate more low-fat and fat-free dairy foods into the daily diet of those who are lactose intolerant. In part one, Dr. Keith talked about some of the misconceptions that can accompany a diagnosis of lactose intolerance, and how incorporating dairy into the diet of those who are lactose intolerant can be done while alleviating discomfort without sacrificing nutrition. In part two, Dr. Keith shared some of her personal stories about diagnosing lactose intolerance and developing dietary strategies for her parents, her friends and... herself.

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is the sugar naturally found in milk and many milk products. In order to digest lactose, the body needs lactase, an enzyme that is made by the body. Some people do not make enough lactase to break down lactose (milk sugar), so they may experience physical symptoms when consuming foods that contain lactose. This is often referred to as lactose intolerance.

Lactose intolerance doesn't have to mean dairy intolerance. And, many health authorities agree that milk and other dairy foods are an important and practical source of key nutrients, for all people – including those who are lactose intolerant. People who have difficulty digesting lactose can still enjoy dairy. According to an expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine lactose intolerance and health, eliminating dairy foods may not only be unnecessary to manage lactose intolerance, but also may lead to nutrient shortcomings which may result in adverse health effects.

Health Professional Toolkit
The National Dairy Council’s Lactose Intolerance Health Education Kit provides the latest research related to lactose intolerance, as well as information and resources on management strategies to help individuals with lactose intolerance enjoy dairy foods and meet nutrient recommendations.

Lactose Intolerance Recipes

Lactose intolerance recipes by National Dairy Council.

More on Lactose Intolerance

More information on lactose intolerance, including tips for management and supportive science.

Lactose-free Milk: From Farm to Table

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Additional Resources

Lactose Intolerant? Things You Need to Know

Living with lactose intolerance doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite dairy foods. In fact, despite some common misconceptions, most people are able to enjoy dairy even if they are lactose intolerant.

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Making the Most Out of Milk

Lactose intolerant? That doesn't mean you can't continue to reap the benefits of a cold, refreshing glass of milk or other dairy products.

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Rice Pudding with Praline Topping – Lactose Free

This lactose-free rice pudding recipe with a crunchy praline topping is a warm, delicious comfort food dessert that is ready in less than an hour.

Lactose Intolerance and Your Child

As a parent, you try your best to keep your children healthy, which isn’t always easy. Today, with new information about lactose intolerance, making sure your child is getting adequate nutrition during his or her growing years is easier than ever.

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Consequences of Dairy Avoidance

Dairy avoidance can have significant and unintended consequences. Dairy-poor diets will generally be deficient in many nutrients, including calcium. Deficient diets can lead to a broad spectrum of chronic diseases. Learn more about the science behind the unintended consequences of dairy avoidance, including solutions for helping your clients enjoy dairy foods.

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