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Lactose intolerance has been on my mind a lot lately, as I seem to be having more problems digesting milk as of late. I typically don't drink a lot of milk, but I was starting to miss my morning bowl of cereal! Anyway, I was grocery shopping yesterday and came across lactose-free milk and thought I';D give it a try. I was amazed - it tastes just like the 2% I would normally drink, and I haven't had any trouble digesting it so far! Obviously, it's more expensive than regular milk (over double the price, actually) but it's kind of nice for a little splurge every once in a while.

Have any of you tried lactose-free milk? Have you had any successes with it?

Laura Hogg asked this
July 21, 2011 at 7:51 AM



I have not tried it myself, but have a friend who drinks it all the time and seems completely content. Granted, he often puts chocolate in it, but...;)

I'm surprised that it tastes so close to 2%... I would have thought it'd be noticeably different.

I think we've talked about almond milk, right? I can't believe how much I like it, and while it's a bit more expensive than cow milk, I think it's less than double the price;)

Katie from SLN answered
July 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I thought it would taste different, too! Luckily, I was wrong. Maybe it would taste different if I drank one right after the other to compare, but on my cereal, at least, I didn't notice a difference in taste.

I love almond milk - so delicious. (Wish it had more protein, but I'm not about to raise a fuss!) I just have this weird thing where I absolutely love the taste of Crispix with 2% milk - I don't really eat it with any other kind of milk. I don't do it often since I've been trying to broaden my breakfast horizons, but it is nice as a treat every once in a while :)

Laura Hogg answered
July 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

@Laura, Lactaid milk is what the Dairy industry recommends as a milk substitute for those with lactose intolerance. Other healthy options include milk made from soy, almonds, rice, or even coconut - though you must make sure the option you choose is fortified with 300 mg of Calcium along with Vitamin D and magnesium.

It may also be of interest to learn that people with lactose intolerance are often able to tolerate yogurts made with live and active cultures and even hard cheese due to the low lactose content.

I am curious if you have you tried taking Lactase supplements with dairy products? This will help your body to digest the lactose by filling in the enzyme your body is lacking.

Happy to hear you are finding success in your dairy-free diet!

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
July 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Jessica - Typically, I am much more likely to drink soy or almond milk. (I used to drink more rice milk, until I saw its nutrition information!) I still haven't tried coconut milk by itself, but I've had it in some Thai food and it was delicious.

You know, milk and I have a strange history. When I was younger, milk would occasionally make me feel sick - but yogurt would always make me sick almost instantly. I was heartbroken, because I love yogurt! So ever since I was maybe 9 or so and up until recently, I have limited my yogurt intake and only drink straight milk in small quantities. In the past couple years, I have introduced more milk and yogurt into my diet, and yogurt doesn't have any adverse effect on me at all. In fact, I eat Greek yogurt almost every day and it makes me feel better! However, milk and some other dairy products have been leaving me feeling knotted up, so I've reduced my intake.

So far, I haven't tried Lactase - this is a fairly recent realization, and so far I've been treating it by limiting dairy. I eat almost completely vegan for around 1/3 of the year, so the transition hasn't been too difficult :) But when I do eat dairy, I'll definitely look into Lactase!

Laura Hogg answered
July 22, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Laura, your story is very interesting as typically yogurt is more easily digested than milk due to the probiotic content. I am happy to hear that you are now finding greater success with yogurt, I am going through a Greek Yogurt food jag myself - love it! My favorites are the nonfat plain and nonfat Black Cherry Chobani varieties. Delicious!

I grew up with lactose intolerance myself, initially dodging all dairy... Though as I became educated as a dietitian, I learned that by doing so my body was missing out on essential nutrients or a healthy body and strong bones. Therefore I enjoy Light Chocolate Silk milk with as much calcium as dairy milk and only recently have begun to experiment with yogurt again - with much more success. As long as I stick with a single serving, my digestive tract seems to tolerate the yogurt quite well.

I have not tried lactase or lactaid myself, but I have heard very positive things so I am very hopeful you will find success.

In good health, Jessica

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
August 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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