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As for lactose intolerance, milk and some
other dairy foods naturally contain the sugar
lactose. Some people lack the enzyme - or
machinery - to digest the lactose, which can
lead to numerous symptoms, such as bloating,
gas and diarrhea, according to Cifelli.
" It is important to note that there are specific
tests that doctors can administer to determine if
you are suffering from lactose intolerance, " he
said.
Milk provides 13 essential nutrients -
protein, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium,
iodine, potassium and vitamins A, D, B12,
riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and pantothenic acid
(B5) - which can be hard to replace with other
foods and beverages.
By addressing a
consumer need,
lactose-free
products retain
dairy purchasers
without them
having to settle
for alternatives
when only real
dairy will do. "
Lynne Bohan, HP Hood
foods and ingredients from the diet. This can be
difficult, so parents can benefit from counseling
with a nutrition professional who can help
them manage their child's allergy, avoid adverse
reactions and obtain recommended nutrients
needed for growth and development. "
Parents of children diagnosed with a cow's
milk allergy should follow up with their doctor
for repeat testing, Cifelli said.
" Once the allergy has resolved itself, dairy
foods may be reintroduced back into the child's
diet as per the direction of their physician,
and at the discretion of the parents, " he said.
" Prolonged avoidance of dairy foods during
the formative years has been linked to stunted
growth, lower bone density and nutrient
deficiencies. Milk is the top food contributor of
13 essential nutrients in the diets of American
children 2-18 years old. "
The molecular
formula of lactose,
or milk sugar, is a
disaccharide sugar
synthesized by
galactose and
glucose subunits.
" Concerns about lactose intolerance,
whether real or perceived, can lead some
people to avoid or reduce their dairy food
consumption, " Cifelli said. " This could lead to
a decreased intake of those essential nutrients
and the health benefits associated with dairy
intake. There are strategies and ways to get your
dairy without causing digestive issues. First, try
consuming smaller amounts of dairy throughout
the day and with other foods. This can help
individuals tolerate as much as 12 grams of
lactose at a time, which is about the amount of
lactose in one cup of milk. "
Cifelli emphasized that while individuals
with lactose intolerance may choose to
substitute milk with plant-based alternatives
such as almond, rice and coconut beverages,
these beverages vary in their nutrient
composition, fortification levels and amounts of
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