Friday, July 10, 2009

Health Tips for July 10

Health Tip: The Lactose-Intolerant Diet

If you're lactose-intolerant, you can eliminate all dairy products from your diet, but then you might be concerned about getting enough calcium.

Some people can tolerate small amounts of dairy without symptoms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these milk products that may be easier to digest among people with lactose intolerance:

  • Soy milk (soy formulas for young babies), assuming there are no allergies to soy.
  • Dairy products that are lactose-free.
  • Lactase-treated milk.
  • Milkshakes and ice cream.
  • Hard or aged cheeses.
  • Goat's milk.
  • Buttermilk.
  • Yogurt and other fermented-milk products.

Health Tip: Finding Hidden Lactose

If you are lactose-intolerant, you know you need to monitor your diet to prevent uncomfortable gas and bloating.

But dairy products aren't the only culprits. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these non-dairy foods that may also contain lactose:

  • Margarine and different types of salad dressing.
  • Deli meats (except kosher meats).
  • Snack foods, including candy.
  • Breads, baked products and processed cereals.
  • Soups, meal-replacement supplements, instant potato products and instant breakfast drinks.
  • Cookie, pancake and biscuit mixes.

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