A few days ago, I attended a virtual webinar on lactose intolerance. Interesting type of webinar to attend, no? I was interested in learning more about lactose intolerance since my mother has problems with it, and to raise my own awareness since lactose intolerance is progressive; many people develop a lactose intolerance later in life.
Here is a bit of what I learned in the webinar:
What is Lactose?
• Lactose is the major carbohydrate in milk and other dairy foods
• Lactose (milk sugar) consists of two simple sugars – glucose and galactose
• Lactose must be broken down into glucose and galactose by the intestinal
enzyme lactase before it can be absorbed by the body
What does it mean to be Lactose Intolerant?
Most people produce that natural enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose
(sugar in milk). The amount of lactase your body produces will determine how
much lactose your body can break down.
There are a few options for those with lactose intolerance:
- Eat dairy foods that don't typically bother a person with lactose intolerance: yogurt (especially Greek yogurt), cottage cheese, aged cheeses, and butter.
- In the grocery store, you may have noticed LACTAID, a dairy product for those with lactose intolerance. I didn't realize, until the webinar, that LACTAID is a 100% dairy product, but with a natural enzyme added to it to help you digest dairy products without discomfort.
To learn more about LACTAID, and to view a few cooking videos, visit the LACTAID Youtube channel. Next month, I will create a recipe using LACTAID, and share the results with you. Since I'm not great in the kitchen, it will be a quick and easy recipe!
Would you like to try LACTAID? I'm giving away a coupon for a free LACTAID product to one of you! Just leave a comment below letting me know you want in the drawing.
Is anyone in your household lactose intolerant? If so, does this cause you to cook differently?