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Every day I talk to women and families about keeping bones and bodies strong with protein, calcium and other essential nutrients. Dairy naturally contains all of these essential nutrients, with no added sugars or ingredients which makes it a great choice .
My patients know they need plenty of calcium, but wonder what to do when there’s a question of lactose sensitivity. Contrary to what many people believe only a small percentage of people actually have a lactose intolerance. Even when there’s a concern about lactose sensitivity, most people can enjoy small amounts of lactose. While the exact percentage of people who have a lactose sensitivity is not known, what is clear is that certain ethnic groups are more likely to be sensitive to the lactose in dairy products, including people of hispanic origin.
Essential Nutrients are Important for Every Family Member
Dairy foods are an important source of 9 essential nutrients for every member of every family. The 9 essential nutrients are:
What is Lactose sensitivity?
Lactose sensitivity occurs when a person does not have the ability to digest the lactose, which are the sugars in milk and other dairy products. This can lead to gas, bloating, cramping and discomfort. People with a lactose sensitivity may not produce enough of an enzyme known as Lactase which aides in digesting lactose found in dairy products.
Eating for Two
Getting the Right Nutrients
For more information on Pregnancy be sure to check out my new book, Nurse Barb’s Personal Guide to Pregnancy, now out on Amazon.
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If your first thought about managing weight is that it’s too hard, or you have to make too many changes in your life to be successful, think again! We should all know that simple changes can remarkably affect our rate of success with managing weight in the real world. It’s really the small decisions that, if done well, and done consistently, can make all the difference. It’s the way we manage day-to-day situations that can help turn everything in a positive direction.
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