Lactose Intolerance

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About a month or two ago I found out I was Lactose Intolerant. Sucks really. I can't enjoy as many of the foods as I had before. I've tried soy, rice, and almond milk and I like them pretty well. But what about cheese and ice cream? Where can I buy dairy free cheese and ice cream. Or even butter? Also, does aged cheese really not have lactose in it? And what cheese would that be...

Sorry for all the questions. Just not being able to eat dairy makes me sad :( Thanks for all your help!

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Becca K
Re: Lactose Intolerance

I'm sorry to hear that effects you. my boyfriend has the same, but we're not sure to what level. Milk sets him off, as well as more then a small amount of eggs and too much dairy in other things (certain cheese sauces set off his tummy, but not 3-cheese lasanga, oddly enough!). For us it's been an experiment to see what his body can and can't handle. no tamago for his bento. :(

Are you able to try out some cheeses, or does it make you too unwell? you might be able to narrow down a few types that don't upset your insides.

Slices of good ol' old cheddar or cheese curd have no problems. brie? bring it on! processed cheese slices and cheezwiz seem to be fine, but they are pretty much pretend cheese to my mind, but if it doesn't upset your stomach so much. makes for an alternative cheese flavoured thingie.

ack, sorry to waffle on. D:

anon.
Re: Lactose Intolerance

I am also lactose intolerant and when I first found out I was so sad! However, I have found you can still enjoy most dairy foods in one way or another. They do sell dairy free cheese (usually soy-based I think) but I hear it is not very good. Aged cheese like cheddar still contains lactose, but a very small amount, therefore most people don't react badly to it. As you can see from the list, aged cheese and butter have significantly less lactose than most other dairy products and you should still be able to eat them.

Dairy product Serving size Lactose content
Milk, regular 250 ml 12 g
Milk, reduced fat 250 ml 13 g
Yogurt, plain, regular 200 g 9 g
Yogurt, plain, low-fat 200 g 12 g
Cheddar cheese 30 g 0.02 g
Cottage cheese 30 g 0.1 g
Butter 1 tsp 0.03 g
Ice cream 50 g 3 g

If you still react to butter there are several butter substitues that are available. The best one I've found is called Smart Balance Organic. It melts like butter and you can even use it to cook with and it works great. It can usually be found in with the tub margerines in the grocery store. If you can't find that specific one there are several margerine-like butter substitues, just check on the tub and it should say dairy-free.

You say you don't mind soy and other dairy-free milks but if you are interested there is an actual milk that is lactose-free. It is called Lactaid and it just has the lactase enzyme added to it so the lactose is already broken down into its component sugars. Most grocery stores also carry a store brand lactose-free milk, it will say so prominently on the label.

As far as ice cream goes, Breyer's has a lactose-free vanilla ice cream. I know for sure they carry it at Safeway grocery stores, and I would imagine they carry it at most major grocery chains. I think it is only 99% lactose free but that should be a low enough amount of lactose that it won't affect you.

And if there is a dairy product or favorite dish you are dying to have, you can buy lactase enzyme pills that provide your body with the enzyme needed to break down lactose. The name brand is Lactaid (just like the milk, same company), but again many stores will carry a store brand that is pretty much the same thing. The only thing to be wary about is these pills are not regulated by the FDA so each pill may have a slightly different amount of the enzyme in it. They usually have 9000 units of lactase enzyme in them, but one pill may have 8000, another 10000, etc. I don't think they vary wildly from the 9000, but it's just good to know. I have been using the lactaid pills for a year at least, and have never had any problems or side effects or anything. The other ingredients in the pills are just the usual stuff you would find in any pill or capsule that holds it together. These pills are especially nice to have if you are going out to dinner and are not sure if there is dairy in the dish you want, and you don't want to go through the process of asking everyone from the waiter to the cook what is in their dishes.

I know this was kind of long-winded, but I hope it helped! If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask, as a fellow cheese and ice cream lover I understand that being lactose intolerant can be frustrating and inconvenient so I would like to help however I can.

anon.
Re: Lactose Intolerance

I forgot to add this to my previous comment, but you might be able to find a coconut milk ice cream at your grocery store or local health-food store, and it is delicious! By far the best non-dairy ice cream.

redlips
Bento-ing from: › Nebraska › USA
Joined: 13 Apr 2011
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Re: Lactose Intolerance

THANK YOU! Thanks for your help everyone. This should make my dairy problem much more manageable! I plan to do a little shopping research and see what I can find.

anon.
Re: Lactose Intolerance

Also make sure you check the ingrediants in all of the foods you buy. My sister-in-law had to go dairy free due to her baby being lactose intolerant.
She said that bread is something that most people don't think of and it will be in about half of the breads in the store.

Dia
Re: Lactose Intolerance

I have a severe form of lactose intolerance. At one point it was so bad that ANY amount meant serious intestinal problems. (I'm happy to say this is no longer true.)

Test your tolerance. It varies from person to person. Mine was zero for years but now allows me very small amounts. I used to have problems with breads too. Also watch out for some soups that add lactose, that one is very annoying. Not all products labeled as "lactose free" actually are, so be careful there. They are allowed to have about 5% lactose, which is too much for me. The term "milk free" does not mean there are no milk products, just that whole milk is not used. Learn about all the forms of milk so you can spot whey, lactose, casien, etc. Know which are no problem. Casien shouldn't be a problem, but if you are as sensitive as I am, it may still cause problems due to trace amount of lactose. If you are in the United States, learn about the jewish Parve label, it is a huge help.

On the good side are products like Tofutti, which makes alternative forms of sour cream, ice cream, and even some decent fudgecicles (finding those was heavenly!). It is not completely impossible to get a cheese free pizza. A vegan friend proved that to me. I missed the gooey stringy cheese but having pizza and not getting sick was wonderful. Oriental and Middle Eastern cooking rarely use milk except as cheese. But if the restaurant has westernized, it may use milk ingredients. Japanese food requires some care, they have embraced milk more than other oriental cusines. It isn't a common ingredient but does get used.

Bluebumblebee
Re: Lactose Intolerance

I'm lactose intolerant too!

Here are some products and tips:

Cheese: Almond cheese is the best tasting non-dairy cheese (cheddar and Mozzarella are their 2 flavors), also try yogurt cheese

Ice cream/Frozen dessert: Simply Decadent has soy, almond, and coconut milk frozen desserts to enjoy ( try the mocha almond fudge YUM). Rice dream is another company for frozen desserts.

Yogurt: whole soy, silk both have a soy yogurt. You could also try Greek yogurt, or and Kefir (only if you are a little tolerant).

Pudding: Almond milk does the best if you are making your own pudding. Soy milk leaves a funny flavor. Zen soy makes pre-packed cups in chocolate, vanilla-choco and banana.

Enzyme Pills: Ganeden Digestive Advantage Lactose Defense Formula is a one-a-day type; It's great around the holdiays, or around big events when you know you cant completely avoid dairy. If you know when your event is happening start taking it 2-3 days before and you should be all set. (drink plenty of water--or you'll have another type of problem)

Milk: I stay away from milk, but its hard to find a high protein replacement. Hemp milk is the best (not the best taste), Almond is next (best flavor), and Soy is third. You could always supplement with protein powders.

Whey Protein Powders: Muscle Milk powder is lactose free. Casein is from milk but alone is awful-tasting. Soy protein powders are ok, best in the non isolate form.

hope that helps some ^__^

anon.
Re: Lactose Intolerance

Hello Everyone I am also lactose intolerant, there is a product on the market called Lacteeze extra strength lactase enzyme and its great! I can eat any dairy product I want and I feel great. You take the pills just before consuming any dairy product and thats it! The enzyme in the pills helps you to digest the dairy food I cant normally drink normal milk but If I have these pills before I consume the milk I am fine.. hope this helps .. I live in Australia but I guess u should be able to get them anywhere, they are a product of Canada.

Cheers!

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