Good information for lactose intolerance sufferers.

Published: 04th June 2006
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Having suffered with a lactose intolerant digestive system for over fifteen years, I wanted to pass along a bit of information that I think will be helpful to many lactose intolerance sufferers.

Lactase digestive enzymes are essential:
When the right kind and the right amount of a particular digestive system enzyme called lactase is present in the digestive system, the sugar in milk (called lactose) can be easily digested with no lactose intolerance symptom.

To digest lactose without a digestive problem such as bloating, cramps, gas, pain, diarrhoea etc. requires the lactase enzyme to be present in the digestive system in sufficient quantity to break down all of the lactose. Whether generated internally or taken as a supplement, lactase digestive enzymes are essential in the digestion of untreated dairy products.

As most lactose intolerance sufferers already know, lactase digestive enzyme supplements are the only way to ensure a pleasant experience with dairy products that have not had the lactose removed. What you might not know is that you may not need to take as much, or as high a dose, depending on the kind of dairy product you are consuming. This is useful, as lactase digestive enzymes can get very expensive over time.

Lactose intolerance levels vary in individuals:
Lactose intolerance levels vary widely from individual to individual. Some lucky folks can get by with having a little milk in a cup of tea, or having a slice of cheese now and then without it causing a digestive problem, while others become terrified at the mere thought of accidentally ingesting even a small amount of dairy product, because of the fear of suffering through the unpleasantness of a lactose intolerance symptom.

The lactose content of dairy products varies widely:
It might interest you to know what the approximate lactose content is for certain common dairy products. This can be helpful in many ways. For instance, you may be able to avoid taking quite as many lactase digestive enzymes (supplements) as you normally do, or you might be able to reduce the strength (potency) that you would normally take when consuming dairy products. This can add up to some fairly significant savings over time, and, if you are like I was, lactose intolerance can be a very expensive digestive disorder to deal with over time.

What is the lactose content in common dairy products?
By far the most Lactose is in plain old skim milk, followed by regular milk and chocolate milk. So these are the items that should concern you the most.

Next up, is ice cream and certain kinds of cheeses, although it should be noted that there is a vast difference between different cheeses which I'll get to in a moment. Butter, believe it or not, comes in rather low on the lactose content scale.

Given the following portions in these foods, the approximate lactose content in grams (g) is:
1 cup Skim Milk 12-14 (g)
1 cup Whole Milk 11 (g)
1 cup Chocolate Milk 10-12 (g)
1 cup Low-Fat Milk 9-13 (g)
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream 9 (g)
1 cup Low-Fat Cottage Cheese 7-8 (g)
1 cup Regular Cottage Cheese 5-6 (g)
1 cup Orange Sherbet 4 (g)
1 oz Cream Cheese 0.8 (g)
1 oz Colby Cheese 0.7 (g)
1 oz Blue Cheese 0.7 (g)
1 tablespoon Half and Half 0.6 (g)
1 oz Cheddar Cheese 0.4-0.6 (g)
1 oz Processed Swiss Cheese 0.4-0.6 (g)
1 oz Processed American Cheese 0.5 (g)
1 oz Camembert Cheese 0.1 (g)
2 pats Butter 0.1 (g)

Lactose content in common cheeses:
The younger and least ripe of the cheeses pose the highest problems for lactose intolerance sufferers. The older the cheese, the less lactose it contains. Therefore parmesan and very old cheddar contain relatively little lactose. Here is a list of some relatively Low-Lactose Cheeses: Swiss, American, Roquefort, Provolone, Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Gouda, Colby, Cheddar, Brick, Blue, Caraway, Gruyere and Fontina.
Relatively high on the lactose content list are cheeses like: Sapsago, Ricotta, Cottage, Mysost and Primost.

Yogurt is usually quite tolerable for the lactose intolerant:
While this isn't true for everyone with this digestive problem, it does appear to be true for most lactose intolerant people. They can usually tolerate yogurt quite well. I think the trick is to make sure that you only consume yogurt which contains active bacterial cultures. It appears that the live cultures (beneficial bacteria) in yogurt can play an important role in the breaking down of lactose. Therefore, if you can consume yogurt easily, do it often, as it's widely recognised as one of the best foods for an overall healthy digestive system.

As incredible as it sounds, I no longer need to worry about the lactose in dairy products, lactase digestive enzyme supplements, a lactose free diet and the attendant misery, extra cost and hassle of this unfortunate digestive disorder.

It's true, I no longer suffer from lactose intolerance. You probably think I'm just trying to sell you something, or that it's only temporary, or that I'm just lying. I assure you that I no longer suffer from lactose intolerance.

I would never have believed this to be possible myself, a few years ago, and I'd resigned myself to a lifetime of trying to manage the digestive problem with as much of a lactose free diet as possible and lactase digestive enzymes with every meal that I wasn't 100% sure about.

While I'm not saying that what happened to me will be true for everyone, I now strongly believe that for a large percentage of the lactose intolerant population, Lactose Intolerance can be beaten with a simple reconditioning of the digestive system.

Once the digestive system is reconditioned, the body will produce enough of
the lactase digestion enzymes on it's own, and, as has been my experience, permanently prevent lactose intolerance symptoms without the need for a lactose free diet or expensive lactase digestive enzymes.

Jena Richlee.

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micheknows on September 6, 2011 said:
Many individuals endure the indication of lactose intolerance. Interestingly, the avoidance of dairy foods from the diet often is the source of a whole lot more complications. The most usual place to get the calcium that your body requires is through the intake of dairy foods.

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