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It’s National Dairy Month

Are you getting the right nutrients?

pitcher of almond milk

June is National Dairy Month, and a great way to start the summer is with nutrient-rich dairy foods. But whether it is by choice or an intolerance, not everyone can enjoy the tasty benefits of dairy. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates that 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant.

The challenge with avoiding all milk and milk products due to lactose intolerance is that people may miss out on key nutritional and health benefits that milk and milk products provide. Specifically, without milk, cheese, and yogurt in the diet, it can be difficult for people to meet the recommended intake of several essential nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.

The good news is that even if you are lactose intolerant, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to abstain from dairy foods. There is a wide range of lactose intolerance, and most people with lactose intolerance can comfortably consume certain dairy products with minimal or no symptoms.

Tips to Enjoy Eating Dairy Again

Recipes

Start Small
Know Your Options
Mix It In
Make Better Cheese Choices
Spoon It Up
Supplement for Symptoms

 

Eating a Dairy-Free Diet

While many people are able to enjoy dairy even if they are lactose intolerant, some people choose to eliminate dairy from their diet altogether. These brands offer lactose-free products you can enjoy on a dairy-free diet.

LACTAID
Almond Breeze
Silk
Daiya
GO VEGGIE

 

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