Lactose Intolerance

Liam Love

Lactose Intolerance Won't Make Your Life Miserable

Definition of Dietary Need of Lactose Intolerance: Kids with lactose intolerance have problems with digestion of milk and dairy products (ice cream and soft cheese) because their body cannot digest the natural sugar (lactose) found in milk products.

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Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea. The symptoms can occur about 30 minutes to 2 hours after drinking or eating food that contain lactose.

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Foods to Avoid for Lactose Intolerance

Regular milk (cow and goat), dairy products (soft cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt), ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, feta cheese, yogurt, ice cream, skim milk powder, and foods prepared with these ingredients. Bread and other bakery items, cereals, baking mixes, instant potatoes, soups, nondairy creamers, whipped toppings, protein powders and bars, breakfast and meal replacement drinks, processed meats such as deli meats, bacon or hot dogs, frozen entrees, potato chips and other snacks, candy, salad dressings and margarine.

Foods to Eat

Lactose-free milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and soy diary, aged cheese, such as Brie cheese, cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese, ice cream with lactose-free milk or coconut milk.
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Long-Term Effects of Lactose Intolerance

Calcium and vitamin D deficiency that can cause weakness and loss bones.

Duration of Lactose Intolerance

If lactose intolerance is genetic, the aliment is permanent. If lactose intolerance as a result of gastroenteritis, the condition is temporary and it may takes many weeks or months to treat the intestinal problem.

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1) Eliminate lactose form the diet.

2) Remove milk, dairy products from the diet

3) Substitute milk with lactose-free milk to avoid shortage of calcium and vitamin D.

4) Eat foods that have more calcium (leafy greens, oysters, sardines, fish, salmon, shrimp, and broccoli).

5) Take a supplement to help in digestion of lactose.