Are you someone who loves dairy but can’t seem to stomach it any longer? You’re not alone! 70% of the adult population worldwide has trouble with digesting lactose. Yeah, you read that right! No wonder there are so many new products on the market to help people live a lactose-free lifestyle. While completely eliminating dairy from your diet is an option for some people with lactose intolerance, it’s not the only option out there! If you enjoy dairy and want to include it in your diet, try lactose-free dairy! Lactose-free dairy is regular dairy with the lactase enzyme added for smoother digestion. It’s great because it opens up the opportunity for you to enjoy so many of your favorite foods again! If you struggle with digesting dairy products due to your body’s limited expression of the lactase enzyme you can still enjoy dairy by choosing lactose-free options. In this article I will go into detail about the many benefits of consuming lactose-free dairy.
Did you know dairy is a nutritional powerhouse? Dairy is a great natural source of protein, choline, and essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and A. People who suffer from lactose-intolerance can reap all the nutritional benefits of dairy without the uncomfortable digestive symptoms simply by consuming lactose-free dairy products. Lactose-free dairy contains the enzyme, lactase, to break down the sugar, lactose, into glucose and galactose, which are easier for the body to digest. There is no nutritional difference between conventional dairy and lactose-free dairy -- both have the same nutritional composition of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Dairy also offers our bodies vital nutrients important for bone health. Instead of skipping dairy completely, try the many lactose-free options that Green Valley Creamery offers for a boost of nutrition without the digestive symptoms!
Lactose-free dairy products are not only a great source of nutrition, but also offer many other health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties! According to a review of 52 clinical trials investigating the inflammatory markers related to the consumption of dairy, dairy was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect on people who aren’t allergic to bovine milk. There’s no need to completely eliminate a food group that you enjoy, as long as you aren’t allergic to it.
Green Valley Creamery offers lactose-free dairy products accessible nationwide! They can be found in your local natural, specialty, or conventional grocery stores. Check out their store locator to find a store in your area that carries Green Valley Creamery products. Oftentimes people with lactose intolerance or IBS struggle with figuring out what to eat in a pinch. The convenience of having lactose-free dairy makes planning meals and snacks a breeze! It’s also convenient that Green Valley Creamery lactose-free dairy products are FODMAP friendly. These options help create easy meals or snacks at any time. Hungry? Grab a yogurt while you wait for dinner. Or treat yourself to a delicious cottage cheese parfait with your favorite fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet yet savory night time snack. The choices are endless now that you can enjoy dairy again!
When I think about my favorite foods, undoubtedly dairy happens to be a part of the dish. Whether it’s bagels and cream cheese, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, ice cream, or butter, dairy is definitely where a lot of the flavor and fun comes from! Think about all the delicious ways dairy can make a comeback in your life without the baggage of digestive problems
Hands down the best thing about lactose-free dairy is that it allows you to have the same dairy products you love without the digestive distress. If you’ve tried the dairy-alternatives out there, you may find that they just don’t cut it as great replacements. They are what they are -- alternatives to the real deal. Finding joy and comfort in food is a huge part of enjoying life. We make hundreds of decisions around food daily, and it’s not fun eating foods that don’t satisfy your cravings. Get the full satisfaction you crave from delicious lactose-free dairy!
Lactose-free dairy truly opens up the door to enjoying life with all your favorite food again! Imagine being able to have lox and bagels, make a creamy smoothie, enjoy chicken and egg salad sandwiches, boost your gut with beneficial probiotics and feel satisfied along the way. The benefits of lactose-free dairy are endless! If you’re ready to have a nutritious, health promoting, convenient, flavorful, and satisfying meal or snack without the digestive distress, lactose-free dairy is the choice for you!
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Samina Qureshi is the Registered Dietitian (RD, LD) and owner of Wholesome Start, a virtual nutrition coaching practice that helps people heal their digestive distress and relationship with food. Samina empowers her clients to nourish their bodies and feel their best without rigid diets, stress, guilt, or shame. She believes that nutrition is not a one-size-fits all approach and that all foods fit into a healthy diet.
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