Shopping with Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is something near and dear to my small intestine. My milk guzzling days have come to an end.  Sadly, yogurt doesn’t settle with me either.

Lactose intolerance is an issue that doesn’t just affect me, it affects millions in the U.S. of all ages. Lactose intolerance is also known as a  lactase enzyme deficiency or inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) found in dairy products. Severity differs per individual. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea after consuming dairy products within a 30 minute to 2 hour time frame. This is not to be confused with having a milk allergy.

Can you still consume dairy with lactose intolerance? Yes, some can in small amounts or by using lactose free milk products. Some people can tolerate yogurt, kefir, and aged cheeses without issue. However, many people may not be able to tolerate any dairy.  Many non dairy products are also more widely available for people with lactose intolerance including soy, rice, and almond products.

Many supermarkets have dietitians with resources for people with lactose intolerance. Wegmans has an online lactose free resource list for consumers to download. Check with your local supermarket to see if they have a Registered Dietitian you can talk to or have a resource list available for consumers.

Do you have a favorite lactose free product that isn’t listed? Let me know.

Lactose Free Milk Products

Lactaid Milks

Lactaid Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Lactaid Yogurts

Yoplait Lactose Free Yogurt

Lactaid Ice Cream

Kozy Shack Lactose Free Puddings

Breyer’s Lactose Free Ice Cream

Organic Valley Lactose Free Milk

Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Yogurt, Kefir, and Sour Cream : Found at Whole Foods and The Fresh Market Nationwide. Check their website for more locations.

Cabot Cheeses

Non Dairy Products

Soy Milks

Soy Yogurts

Non Dairy cheeses: Daiya cheeses

Soy, rice, almond based frozen desserts

Almond milk

Almond yogurts: Amande yogurt, Almond Dream yogurt

Rice Dream

Note: I am not endorsing any of the above products nor I am being paid to mention them. These are my own thoughts & experiences.

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2 Comments on “Shopping with Lactose Intolerance”

  1. julie
    June 14, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    My whole family loves kefir…the ones who are lactose intolerant and the ones who are not. Flavored kefir is great for the tastebuds, but I love the plain – it just feels so nourishing going down. A pediatrician once recommended it for my toddler to prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea when she had an ear infection. We drink about 2 bottles a week, whether or not anyone is taking antibiotics.

    • Supermarketnutrition411
      June 14, 2011 at 12:43 am #

      Thanks, Julie! I will have to do a stand alone post on kefir.:)

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