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Lactose: Tips for Tolerance
Love milk and ice cream? Don't worry, even if your doctor has diagnosed you with lactose intolerance, there's no reason to give up dairy foods, or to miss out on the nutrients they provide.
Without milk and other dairy foods, meeting calcium and vitamin D recommendations can be challenging. Calcium and vitamin D are especially important for bone health. Adequate amounts help children and teens grow strong, healthy bones and help prevent bone-thinning conditions that may arise later in life.
If you or someone you know is lactose intolerant, try these tips to comfortably enjoy lactose-containing foods:
- Experiment with small amounts of lactose-containing foods. Gradually increase the portion to your tolerance level.
- Opt for whole-milk dairy products because the higher fat content may help slow the rate of digestion. Yogurt, kefir and buttermilk with active cultures may help to digest lactose, too.
- Enjoy a variety of other calcium-rich foods including dark-green leafy vegetables or calcium-fortified products such as juice, bread and cereal.
For more information on getting an adequate amount of calcium in your diet, consult a registered dietitian in your area or visit our Bone Health page.
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