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Please suggest what foods to avoid if lactose intolerant?

Please suggest what foods to avoid if lactose intolerant?

First consider that: There's more to milk than just lactose. Intolerance to milk may include problems with milk proteins or even with processing the fat component of milk. If your problem resolves with concomittant use of lactase enzyme when eating the same milk products (that cause gas & diarrhea in the absence of lactase) then lactose intolerance is likely. More elegant lactose intolerance testing is available too. ...Read more

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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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What is the best way to find out if I am lactose intolerant? Is there a test that can be done?

What is the best way to find out if I am lactose intolerant?  Is there a test that can be done?

Blood and breath: Hydrogen breath test:breathing into balloon-type container after drinking flavored liquid containing lactose. Samples of breath collected at set time periods and hydrogen levels checked.Normally, little hydrogen.Unless body has trouble breaking down and absorbing lactose.Blood lactose tolerance test:body creates glucose when lactose breaks down.Ingest lactose solution and blood samples checked. ...Read more

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Can being lactose intolerant effect absorption of nutrition?

Yes: It affects the absorption of milk sugar lactose, milk sugar is not absorbed as a nutrient in people who are lactose intolerant. If the problem is severe, and leads to diarrhea, there may be malabsorption of other elements in the diet along with the diarrhea and fast transit of the food through the digestive tract. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a list of food for a toddler who is lactose intolerant?

Does anyone have a list of food for a toddler who is lactose intolerant?

Parve: Orthodox jews have strict dietary laws preventing mixing dairy products with meat. Thus any product with the word parve on it, is certified to contain no lactose. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerant people eat foods with lactic acid in it?

Can lactose intolerant people eat foods with lactic acid in it?

Yes: Although not too many foods would have Lactic Acid in them. The sugar is different from the acid and doesn't cause the same intolerance. ...Read more

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I have dermatitis herpetiformis. What foods are safe for a lactose intolerant to eat?

I have dermatitis herpetiformis. What foods are safe for a lactose intolerant to eat?

? celiac: Do you have celiac disease? If so then a gluten free diet would be encouraged. Lactose intolerat patients do poorly with dairy products. ...Read more

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My 4 wk old is lactose intolerant. What food should I avoid other than milk and cheese?

My 4 wk old is lactose intolerant. What food should I avoid other than milk and cheese?

Read labels: There is not much to worry about this young. However, as you move into jar foods later read the labels & be sure to avoid the products that list lactose or galactose as a component. ...Read more

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How do you feed a child that is lactose intolerant? Do foods without milk but with whey or casein cause problems?

How do you feed a child that is lactose intolerant?  Do foods without milk but with whey or casein cause problems?

Avoid lactose: The sugar in human and bovine (cow) milk is lactose and u avoid symptoms by avoiding lactose. Cheddar cheese, a bovine milk product has minimal lactose left in it after the transition to cheese. Other lactose free products like soy milk are available. A lactose intolerant kid can usually tolerate milk with added lactose enzyme that is sold under various names like "lactaid". ...Read more

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Can you be partially lactose intolerant or is it one or the other. I don't do well with eggs, pizza, and some other foods, but can eat cheese & other?

Not Lactose: The fact that you don't do well with eggs and pizza, but do ok with cheese would tend to go against lactose intolerance (there is no lactose in eggs). You could definitely have some other food sensitivity. Pay careful attention to the ingredients in your food. If you notice that a certain ingredient shows up in every food you do badly with, that's the culprit. Hope this hleps! ...Read more

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My 3 year old is lactose intolerant & hypothyroid, what's the best milk substitute?

My 3 year old is lactose intolerant & hypothyroid, what's the best milk substitute?

Avoid Soy: Soy products will hamper the absorption of thyroid hormone medication from the gut. Try lactaid milk or yogurt products. Please keep in mind that if your child's dairy intake, particularly milk, is decreased, a daily multivitamin containing 100% vitamin d, may become necessary. Please discuss with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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How can I best put on muscle on a vegetarian diet that doesn't allow for eggs? Also, I suspect I am lactose intolerant..

How can I best put on muscle on a vegetarian diet that doesn't allow for eggs? Also, I suspect I am lactose intolerant..

Plant-based protein: To build muscle eat more calories than you burn using healthy whole food sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans/nuts. You will be getting plenty of protein if you eat a variety of vegetables and legumes. You will of course need to train hard and get enough rest to recover between workouts. Do these things consistently, and you will see results. Many body-builders are vegans now. ...Read more

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Hi, I have emetophobia so when I get loose stools I worry that I will get gastro. What are some other causes for loose stools? I did have slightly spicy food for dinner last night and I also am lactose intolerant.

FODMAPs: or Fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols in your diet can be fermented by bacteria in your intestine and cause cramps, gas and diarrhea. Try a low FODMAP diet for a few weeks and see how it works. https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the best type of supplement to take for women's bone and joint health? I'm lactose intolerant so i don't get the calcium from milk

What is the best type of supplement to take for women's bone and joint health? I'm lactose intolerant so i don't get the calcium from milk

Vit D,A,K,magensium: Milk is overrated as a calcium source-green vegies are the best source (what do the cows eat?).More important than calcium is vit d- everyone needs 5-8000 iu/day in fall & winter, year round if you use sunscreen or don't get mid-day sun.Vit k & vit a work with d. Magnesium & boron also support bone & joint health.See http://www.Lef.Org/vitamins-supplements/top10/bone-health-calcium-supplements.Htm. ...Read more

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Why am i lactose intolerant?

Why am i lactose intolerant?

Varies: The lactose intolerant person is either born without the enzyme needed to digest lactose, or looses it with age. It can be temporary after a bowel injury like prolonged diarrhea, but this mar heal and tolerance returns. You can either avoid lactose or take the enzyme as a supplement ; have a great life. ...Read more

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Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Maybe: A baby can develop transient lactose intolerance after a bad diarrhea. It seldom lasts more than a week or two, and healing is delayed if lactose containing feeds continue during the illness.You really didn't offer much to go on.In the future please list the kids age and other symptoms when you ask a question. ...Read more

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Silk ok if lactose intolerant?

Yes: Silk is soy milk (the whey from fermenting soy). There are no milk products in it, thus no lactose. ...Read more

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Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

The inability to fully digest sugar ...Read more