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When I was growing up, I would always get sick after eating cereal and my mom would tell me that I was just eating too much sugar. I would get stomach cramps and bloating and sometimes feel like I was going to throw up. As I grew older, I would get sicker when I had milk or ice cream or just a little too much cheese. I would try to have yogurt for breakfast, but would end up with the same results. As an adult, I was finally able to realize that what I was experiencing was lactose intollerance. I have learned to manage some foods from time to time and believe me, I have tried every product out there to help ease the pain so I can incorporate dairy into my life. I have had successes from time to time, but some days it is just easier to avoid dairy altogether.
However, I am getting older (yuck!) and I have a child and I’m realizing the importance of incorporating dairy in my life and my food. I can no longer just “make do” with boxed mac ‘n cheese minus the milk and my boy needs his daily dairy to keep healthy. I need as much calcium as I can get as my bones get older and there are just too many health benefits to dairy that I really shouldn’t be avoiding it any longer.
Many lactose intolerant people who avoid dairy products are unaware of the consequences of not including them in their diet. Milk provides nine essential nutrients such as calcium, protein, vitamins A and D and other nutrients.
- Along with a healthy overall diet and regular exercise, calcium is important for strong bones and helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Calcium is also essential for muscle contraction and helps keep the nervous system healthy.
- The calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D found in milk helps to support strong bones.
- Milk is also a good source of high quality protein, a nutrient that helps you build and repair muscle tissue.
LACTAID® Dairy Products are real dairy products with lactase, a natural enzyme that allows the lactose intolerant community to enjoy their favorite dairy foods without discomfort.
Now that I know all the health benefits, I’m not avoiding dairy and I’m learning to incorporate dairy into my diet with LACTAID® Brand. I can add the milk to my cereal and many of my recipes. I can enjoy chocolate milk again. They even make ice cream, cottage cheese, and eggnog!
The National Dairy Council educates health professionals, the media, public health and other thought leaders about the need for Americans to consume three servings of lowfat and fat free dairy products each day as recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Children ages 4-8 are encouraged to consume 2 1/2 cups of lowfat dairy per day, while kid’s ages 2-3 years are encouraged to consume 2 cups per day.
Going beyond the more generic recipes, like mac ‘n cheese and milk in cereal, I have a few more recipes to share with you today that you are going to love – lactose intolerant or not, these recipes look and sound amazing! Try them out and let me know what you think!
Dairy Recipes for the Lactose Intolerant
And if the recipes themselves don’t give you the motivation to try them, LACTAID® Brand has offered to give two FREE item coupons to one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is comment below with your favorite recipe that you are going to try and one random commenter will win. GIVEAWAY ends June 13 at 8am ET and the winner will be emailed by 10am ET.