Is Lactose Free Milk Healthy? – Nutrition Notes
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I stopped drinking regular milk 6-7 years ago when I learned about how lactose negatively impacted your stomach & waistline. 3-4 years ago I cut out almond milk and even lactose free milk, because I didn’t see a need for it in my diet.
However since breaking my foot, I started drinking milk again as an enjoyable source of calcium–which does help bone health. While it wouldn’t have prevented my break, I wanted a dietary change – something that would excite me (as water & coconut water can get boring) and provide extra calcium for healing.
I’ve been drinking organic, lactose free milk, which, in addition to being free from lactose, has more protein per cup than almond or coconut milk. I’ve got to say, I’ve been really enjoying it and will keep it going.
Lactose is a sugar found only in milk. Lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine does not make enough of the enzyme lactase, which your body uses to digest lactose. Belly pain, bloating, and gas are typical symptoms of lactose intolerance.
One week I bought regular organic milk and my stomach didn’t feel right–sign for me to stay away from lactose. I’ve never been tested by a doctor for lactose intolerance, but I didn’t have any symptoms until I started drinking the milk. So is it a fluke, or that my body knows what it knows and just feels better without lactose? Personally, I think it’s the latter.
Should You Put Regular or Lactose Free Milk Back Into Your Diet?
So whether or not to drink regular milk is your call; if you drink it, I recommend organic. At the very least make sure your milk is BGH-free; that is, free from bovine growth hormones. Always check the labels carefully!
What percentage of fat should be in the milk you drink? if you rely on fat for energy (as you would on a zero carb diet), 1% or 2% is fine. Otherwise I recommend fat free.
Almond and coconut milk, having risen dramatically in popularity, are now exploited by food manufacturers who don’t have your health in mind. Read the labels and beware of high sugar and especially carrageenan. Carrageenan, a substance extracted from red seaweed and used in many foods as a thickener, has been linked to inflammation, diabetes, and gastrointestinal cancer.
Any lactose free milk is a better substitute than regular milk. If your milk intake must provide a significant percentage of your daily protein, I recommend lactose free milk over coconut or almond milk.
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