When I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance in my mid-twenties, I thought it would be really hard finding food that I could eat. Back then, there weren’t as many dairy-free options as there are now, and suffice to say, it wasn’t always easy to find tasty food to put on my plate.
The good news is that 14 years later, anyone who happens to be lactose intolerant, is now able to find lactose-free food, with very little fuss. Milk, cheese, yogurt and a wide range of other lactose free products are readily available, and they’re not that pricey either.
These days I take lactase tablets whenever I’m about to eat anything that contains lactose. Taken just before I bite down on the pizza, chocolate or spoonful of ice-cream, these tablets give my body the lactase that it lacks.
Soy milk is very easy to get hold of, and you can usually find at least 2 different brands of soy milk in most supermarkets. Just as I had to shop around for a new Cloud 9 Straightener, I also had to shop around to find soy milk that was cheap enough, and had a nice taste too.
Sweetened soy milk is much more pleasant than unsweetened, plus it comes with added calcium, which is essential for our bones. Don’t worry, sweetened soy milk isn’t full of sugar, it’s usually been sweetened with apple juice.
If you’re not a fan of soy milk, there are alternatives, such as rice, hazelnut or almond milk, but watch out, these milks can be quite expensive.
Goat’s milk can often be drunk by people with mild lactose intolerance as it contains a lot less lactose than cow’s milk. I found that I wasn’t able to withstand goat’s milk for more than a few days, without it causing me problems, but some people are fine to drink it.
A few years ago, the only lactose-free cheese you could buy tasted like cheese slices that you get in burgers at fast food restaurants. Although that type of cheese is not hideous, it’s not exactly what I could call ‘Proper cheese’. Now there is some proper cheese available for those who eat a lactose free diet. Some of the lactose free cheese you can buy has been made in the same way as regular cheese, but it has a specific enzyme added to it that gets rid of the lactose. This type of cheese is delicious, and it can be used in the same way you would use regular cheese.
A lot of people go out of their way to look for dairy-free yogurt, when they could still eat regular live yogurt. As long as the yogurt contains some live bacteria, you should be able to consume it without encountering any digestive problems. Why spend more on yogurt when you don’t really need to?
As you can see, there are a lot of good-tasting lactose free products available, so why not enjoy them as part of your healthy, balanced lactose free diet?