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Lactose Intolerant? Here's help


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Lactose Intolerant? Here's help

Alice Patis | | Aug 24, 2006 06:56 PM

I recently became lactose intolerant this year. Actually I think I was always lactose intolerant (memories of insisting to my mom that milk made me throw up- ok that might've been psychological but still), but this year it got pretty bad that even popping a lactase pill wasn't enough to avoid the tummyache after a glass of vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.

So I'm a newbie to the unfair world of saying no thanks to ice cream. Today I found a few great resources on the web listing the lactose content of dairy foods, so I thought I'd share.

Here's a PDF from the U. of Virginia listing lactose content in grams of a short list of dairy foods:

Here's a website chock full of info (including avoid all foods that list whey in its ingredients, which can include bread!), but the website doesn't always identify its sources. I like the really long list of lactose percentages:

That website even has the lactose content of breast milk of 31 different mammals! Lactose intolerant? Avoid goat milk, it could be just as bad as cow milk. But drink platypus milk or sea lion milk to your heart's (& tummy's) content!

I've been sticking to Lactaid since I haven't found a rice or soy milk that tastes like cow milk, but I here are the suggestions for milk-alternatives that we recently had on this board:

And here are the suggestions for ice cream alternatives; I'll now have to start looking into these: