I am so excited to be part of LACTAID’s summer campaign! I will be able to bring you great info about lactose intolerance, tell you all about LACTAID’s wide range of products, and share some delicious, lactose-free recipes.
Last week, I attended a fantastic webinar with Melissa d’ Arabian, celebrity chef and LACTAID Brand Spokesperson, and Michelle Harrington, registered dietician and LACTAID Regulatory and Nutritional Affairs Manager. Melissa d’ Arabian is the author of the NY Times best selling cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners, and she has appeared on live segments on the TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. (Watch her videos now at food.today.com.)
I have to admit, going into the webinar I didn’t know a whole lot about what it meant to be lactose intolerant. Luckily, I had great teachers! Here’s a quick summary of what I learned:
- Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk and dairy products.
- In order to be digested, lactose must be broken down by an intestinal enzyme called lactase.
- The amount of lactase that your body produces determines how much lactose your body can break down. Everyone produces a different amount of lactase.
As you can imagine, this presents some dietary challenges. And that’s where LACTAID comes in. LACTAIDDairy Products are 100% real dairy, but they contain the enzyme lactase which breaks down lactose for people who can’t digest it naturally. LACTAID products can help people with a lactose sensitivity to enjoy creamy, delicious dairy products without stomach pain or discomfort.
Don’t Let Lactose Intolerance Stop You From Eating the Foods You Love!
LACTAID is probably most easily recognized for its milk products. And here’s one thing I didn’t know – LACTAID is real milk! It has the same nutritional profile as milk, too. The only difference is that the lactase enzyme is added to the milk to break down the lactose. LACTAID tastes very similar to milk, with a slightly sweeter taste due to the lactase. As an added bonus, LACTAID contains even more calcium than regular milk. And even better – there’s chocolate LACTAID milk too!
LACTAID has other products too, like cottage cheese and ice cream. Now people with lactose intolerance can enjoy ice cream without discomfort – how great is that? LACTAID’s ice cream comes in five flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Strawberries & Cream, and Butter Pecan. All flavors of ice cream (except for Cookies & Cream) are gluten-free as well.
After introducing us to LACTAID’s products, Melissa d’ Arabian and Michelle Harrington provided some great tips about eating with lactose intolerance:
- Many lactose intolerant people find that they can eat yogurt without discomfort
- The live and active cultures in yogurt help the body digest the lactose in it.
- Greek yogurt is an even better option because it has fewer carbs and twice the protein. This means that there is less lactose, which makes it easier to digest.
- As a rule of thumb, the harder the cheese, the easier it is to digest. This is because harder cheeses contain less moisture or whey, which means that they also contain less lactose.
- Aged cheeses are lower in lactose – choose, for example, aged Cheddar, Gruyere, Pecorino, or Swiss.
- If your family is currently dairy-free, Melissa suggested introducing these aged cheeses back into your family’s diet in small amounts to see how well they are tolerated.
- LACTAID’s cottage cheese is a flexible, neutral dairy product and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.
- Melissa suggested blending it with an egg in the food processor. It tastes like ricotta cheese and can be used as a replacement in lasagna and other dishes.
- Many people don’t realize that butter is actually low in lactose, so there’s no need to cut it out of your diet.
- Lactose is digested more easily when eaten with other foods. If you are lactose intolerant, you will be more prone to discomfort if you eat products containing lactose on an empty stomach.
Melissa also shared some tips about cooking with LACTAID. She said that:
- LACTAID does have a slightly sweeter taste than regular milk, but people don’t usually notice when it’s added to a recipe.
- LACTAID can replace milk in recipes, cup for cup.
- It can be used to substitute cream in recipes by adding a teaspoon of corn starch.
- It can also be used to replace buttermilk by combining LACTAID with vinegar.
- Because of its sweet taste, LACTAID can be used in coffee instead of flavored creamer or sugar.
To learn more about cooking with LACTAID, check out Melissa d’ Arabian’s April 15th TODAY Show appearance where she made lactose-free blueberry muffins. You’ll find the video, the blueberry muffins recipe, and instructions for making almond mocha iced coffee with LACTAID, here.
In the next few weeks, I will be learning more about cooking with LACTAID products – and I’d love your help! Enter the giveaway below to win a coupon for a free LACTAID product – one lucky winner can try it out and tell us what you think! Do you already cook with LACTAID products? I would love it if you’d share your recipes in the comments below. Or visit recipes.lactaid.com for inspiration about cooking for your loved ones with lactose intolerance!
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Disclosure: I am participating in an ad campaign by LACTAID through The Motherhood. I received monetary compensation for the purpose of this post. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly MINE and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor.