According to a recent conference on lactose intolerane and health, in most cases lactose intolerance shouldn't limit dairy consumption when managed appropriately. Recent evidence strongly suggests that people with lactose intolerance can easily enjoy the recommended number of dairy foods per day without discomfort. Though the percent of the population with lactose intolerance still is unclear, avoiding dairy foods can lead to nutrition shortfalls with unintended negative consequences.
For some people the best thing is to learn is how to enjoy dairy differently.
- Start Small: Try a smaller portion of milk and slowly increase the serving size.
- Pair Up: Drink milk with other foods, not on an empty stomach.
- Say Cheese: Hard, aged cheese (Cheddar, for example) has little to no lactose, so it's easy to enjoy.
- Get Cultured: Milk products with "friendly" bacteria (yogurt, for example) appear easier to digest.
- Favor a Flavor: Many people report being able to enjoy chocolate milk better than plain milk.
For more up-to-date resources on lactose intolerance, including references, tools, presentations and more visit the National Dairy Council Lactose Intolerance Health Education Kit or www.nationaldairycouncil.org.