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- Nurse Barb
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.
Are you worried that you might have lactose intolerance, sensitivity or that you’re not getting enough calcium. If you’re like most Americans, you may not be getting enough calcium or Vitamin D in your diet for a variety of reasons, one of which might be that dairy causes stomach upset. If you’re like 25-30% of the population, you may have some sensitivities to lactose and have been avoiding it.
Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance
If you find that drinking a glass of milk causes bloating, diarrhea or gas, you may have a lactose intolerance or sensitivity and not be able to tolerate a full glass of milk. However, while milk has a lot of lactose, cheese and yogurt have less while still providing the protein and calcium your bones need to be healthy. (more…)