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Lactose Intolerance : Living with LI
Google+ Hangout: Melissa d’Arabian Shares Lactose Free Holiday Meal Tips
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Handling the Holidays with Lactose Intolerance: Those creamy, cheesy foods are even harder to resist this time of year. But you may not have to.
“The Doctors” Address Lactose Intolerance
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Check out a recent segment from “The Doctors” to learn more about how individuals with lactose intolerance can eat dairy foods confidently and fully to enjoy the great taste and nutritional/health benefits associated with consuming the recommended three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
Quick Pocket Guide to Lactose-Intolerant Friendly Dairy Foods
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Whether you’re at the grocery store or dining at your favorite restaurant, use this handy Quick Pocket Guide to Lactose Intolerance-friendly Dairy Foods and feel confident about your dairy food choices.
Navigating the Grocery Store: How to Choose Lactose Intolerance-Friendly Dairy Foods
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Different people can handle different amounts of lactose, and there’s a solution to meet most needs in the dairy section -- from lactose-free dairy milk to dairy foods that are typically easier to digest! Follow Chef Caitlin from Cooking with Caitlin in this video as she navigates the grocery store for delicious lactose intolerance-friendly dairy foods.
Living with Lactose Intolerance: Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lactose intolerant? Learn helpful tips and tricks on how you can still enjoy the benefits and taste your favorite dairy foods, such as low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt.
Food Journal
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Think you're lactose intolerant? Use this journal to help track your daily food intake and share your findings with your doctor.
Tips on how to include lactose intolerance-friendly dairy products in your daily diet
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Amy Goodson MS, RD,CSSD, LD Specialist in Sports Dietetics arms people with all sorts of tips and tricks to incorporate dairy foods in your diet while still keeping dishes delicious and convenient. The ability to shape a diet for those who are sensitive to dairy is quite unique to each individual, while also providing post-workout refueling tips, the benefits of dairy foods for exercisers and athletes and incorporating good sources of protein and whey into your everyday meals.
What is Lactose Intolerance? Symptoms, Diagnosis and More
Friday, February 7, 2014

Think you might be lactose intolerant? Find out how to get properly diagnosed by your doctor, and how you could still enjoy many of the healthy and nutritious dairy foods you love.
Everyday Cooking with Dairy Foods for Lactose Intolerance Featuring a Stuffed Shells Recipe
Thursday, January 30, 2014

​Everyday cooking for those with lactose intolerance can be simple with dairy foods. This how-to video with Cooking with Caitlin showcases a how a variety of cheeses can be the star of your everyday LI-friendly meals, featuring Spinach-Stuffed Shells, Cheddar Puffs with Tomato Jam and Pineapple-Stuffed French Toast recipes.
Lactose Intolerance Instagraphics
Thursday, January 2, 2014

Think you might be lactose intolerant? Find out how to get a proper diagnosis and how to still enjoy your favorite dairy foods even if you are.
Dairy Food Tips and Tricks for Entertaining Guests who Experience Lactose Intolerance
Friday, December 13, 2013

Even if you've been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, your meals can be exciting! This homemade Horchata recipe featuring lactose-free dairy milk is a perfect treat anytime, but especially when entertaining guests who may have lactose intolerance.
Video: Lactose Intolerance Myths and Misconceptions
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Being lactose intolerant doesn't mean you have to give up on your favorite dairy products. Watch as National Dairy Council takes to the streets to address many of the common myths associated with lactose intolerance, including how to be diagnosed and tips on how to still include nutritional dairy foods in your diet.
Lactose Intolerant? 5 Things You Need to Know
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Despite some common misconceptions, most people are able to enjoy dairy even if they are lactose intolerant

Lactose Intolerance and Dairy

Whether you’re talking about a cold glass of milk, creamy yogurt or flavorful cheese, dairy foods taste great and offer a powerful nutritional punch. But those who are lactose intolerant or showing lactose ​intolerance symptoms don’t have to miss out on the great taste and health benefits of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods. Different people can handle different amounts of lactose, and there’s a solution to meet most needs in the dairy case – from lactose-free milk to dairy foods that are typically easier to digest.

The following information offers the latest education materials, research, presentations, recipes and events related to lactose intolerance, as well as information on management strategies that can help individuals with lactose intolerance enjoy dairy foods and meet nutrient recommendations. You can also join the conversation by following #BeyondLI on Twitter.

National Dairy Council has launched a new lactose intolerance microsite, where people can find helpful information, resources, recipes and more. 

Lactose Intolerance : Presentations
DASH to Maintain Heart Health with Dairy
Seasoned experts Dr. Jeanette Keith, MD, and Cecilia Pozo Fileti, MS, RD, FADA, talk about foods that can provide long-term heart health benefits, share management tips and provide insights into how those with lactose intolerance can maintain their health by including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods in their diet. We also know that minority populations are at higher risk of heart disease. Dr. Keith and Cecilia discuss heart-related conditions, such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease, and provide you with tools you can share with patients and clients to empower them to take control of their health.
Healthy Aging: Dairy Foods Can Help… Whether You Have Lactose Intolerance or Not
As America’s older population lives longer, the need for quality nutrition and physical activity, as key components of healthy aging, becomes increasingly apparent. Dr. Mark DeLegge, MD and Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD, address the importance of physical activity and nutrition as it relates to digestive issues, such as lactose intolerance, among an aging population.
From Weekend Warrior to Elite Athlete: How Those with Lactose Intolerance Can Fuel Their Performance.
Regarding certificates: The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that National Dairy Council meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2012-2015. Providership #707824. ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services. One (1) CEC available. NSCA Certification Executive Council approved 0.1 CEU(s) for CSCS and NSCA-CPT certified individuals attending this event.
"The Doctors" Weigh In on Lactose Intolerance
Today, an estimated 30-50 million Americans believe they are lactose intolerant. The experts from “The Doctors” offer tips on how to help manage lactose intolerance while also consuming three daily servings of dairy, for Americans 9 years and older, recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Understanding Lactose Intolerance
Learn the current dietary management recommendations for those with lactose intolerance and smart solutions to prevent unintended consequences from avoidance.
New Directions in Lactose Intolerance: Moving From Science to Solutions
Find out the key outcomes from the NIH Consensus Conference and learn dietary strategies and approaches to incorporate dairy and dairy products in the diets of those who may be lactose intolerant. (login required)
Health Consequences and Nutrition Solutions
Be introduced to the varying sensitivities with lactose intolerance, understand its prevalence and get strategies for meeting nutrient needs for those who may be lactose intolerance.
Learn About Lactose-Free Milk
Deion Branch of the New England Patriots visits Jordan Dairy Farms to learn about lactose-free milk.
Life, Love and Health
Hear from gastroenterologist Dr. Jeanette Newton Keith about some of the misconceptions that can accompany a diagnosis of lactose intolerance and her personal stories about diagnosing it and developing dietary strategies for her parents, friends and self. Dr. Keith also discusses the findings from the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance.
Lactose Intolerance : FAQ
  • Association of Family Practice Physicians Assistants (AFPPA)
    Association of Family Practice Physicians Assistants (AFPPA)
    November 6 - 9, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)
    October 6 - 9, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    Join the National Dairy Council at FNCE and go beyond belly aches to identify and differentiate food allergies and intolerances.
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)
  • The Truth About Lactose Intolerance
    The Truth About Lactose Intolerance
    November 13, 2012
    Learn the truth about lactose intolerance and discover real life solutions for maintaining good health.
  • NDC's #BeyondLI Twitter Chat Transcript
    NDC's #BeyondLI Twitter Chat Transcript
    February 20, 2013
    National Dairy Council hosted its first Twitter Chat on February 20 regarding lactose intolerance and management tips with Karen Kafer, RD, and moderator Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. #BeyondLI
    NDC's #BeyondLI Twitter Chat Transcript
  • FNCE
    October 19 - 23, 2013
    Houston, TX
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  • Creamy Brown Rice and Vegetable Pilaf
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  • What is lactose intolerance?
    Lactose intolerance is one type of food sensitivity. People who are lactose intolerant don’t have enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (a sugar naturally found in milk). Lactose intolerance describes gastrointestinal disturbances following the consumption of an amount of lactose greater than the body’s ability to digest and absorb.
    Lactose intolerance is not the same as having a cow’s milk allergy. An allergic reaction to cow’s milk is triggered by the immune system and is associated with protein, not the digestive system as is the case with lactose intolerance, which is associated with lactose, a carbohydrate.
    If you have a milk allergy please visit or for further information.
  • What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?
    Lactose intolerance is a highly individual condition with a broad range of symptoms which vary from mild to severe and may include abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea. These common symptoms are similar to other digestive disorders, which contributes, in part, to misconceptions regarding the true presence of lactose intolerance.
    Whether, and to what extent, symptoms develop depend on many factors including the amount of lactose consumed, how much lactase is present in the body, as well as gastrointestinal transit time, and an individual’s age and genetic background.
  • How do I know if I have lactose intolerance?
    It is difficult to confirm the presence of lactose intolerance based on digestive symptoms alone. It’s important to identify the true source of discomfort, because it may not be lactose intolerance - digestive illnesses can cause these same problems. A physician can help determine if it is due to lactose intolerance by doing a Lactose Tolerance Test or a Hydrogen Breath Test. Both are reliable ways to measure the lactose absorption in the digestive system.
  • How many people have lactose intolerance? Are some people more likely to have it than others?
    The actual presence is unknown. According to one study that assessed data from a national sample of three ethnic groups the age-adjusted, self-reported lactose intolerance rate in the U.S. is 12 percent. These results suggest that the national prevalence of self-reported lactose intolerance may be significantly lower than previous estimates.
    The 2009 study, which uses data from a national sample of three ethnic groups, reveals the following prevalence numbers by demographic:
    • About 8 percent of European Americans
    • Roughly 10 percent of Hispanic Americans
    • About 19.5 percent of African Americans
  • I used to drink milk all the time when I was a child. Why am I more sensitive to dairy now?
    The body produces an enzyme called lactase to help digest the lactose in milk. As an adult, the body may produce less lactase than during childhood, which may increase the chances of developing lactose intolerance. However, it is difficult to confirm lactose intolerance based on digestive discomfort alone at any age, so it’s best to consult with your doctor.
  • Can children be lactose intolerant?
    Lactose intolerance is less common in young children, even in minority populations. If you think your child is lactose intolerant, there may be an underlying medical cause, so talk to your family doctor, pediatrician or a dietitian.
    If a child is indeed lactose intolerant, it’s important to remember that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that children with lactose intolerance can still consume dairy foods to help meet calcium, vitamin D, protein and other nutrient needs essential for bone health and overall growth. AAP advises that lactose intolerance usually does not require avoidance of dairy foods.
  • I am lactose intolerant. Do I need to have a dairy-free diet?
    No. Different people can handle different amounts of lactose and there's a solution to meet most needs in the dairy case. Because lactose intolerance is an individualized condition, it’s important for people to find the dairy options and strategies that work best for them, as reducing consumption of dairy foods due to concerns about lactose intolerance can result in a lower intake of milk’s nine essential nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.
    In fact, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) expert panel, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Medical Association (NMA) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agree it is important for people with lactose intolerance to get the health and nutritional benefits associated with milk and milk products, and encourage daily consumption of dairy foods.
    Health professionals, such as registered dietitians, can work with individuals to help customize a dairy-friendly diet that is right for them.
  • What kinds of dairy can people with lactose intolerance have?
    While lactose intolerance is a very individual condition, many people with lactose intolerance can still consume dairy foods in varying amounts or forms. Following are some strategies that may help people with lactose intolerance enjoy the three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 9 years and older without experiencing discomfort or embarrassment:
    • Try It. Opt for lactose-free milk and milk products. They are real milk products, just without the lactose. They taste great and provide the same nutrients as regular dairy foods.
    • Sip It. Start with a small amount of milk daily and increase slowly over several days or weeks to determine tolerance.
    • Stir It. Mix milk with other foods, such as soups and cereal; blend with fruit or drink milk with meals. Solid foods help slow digestion and allow the body more time to digest lactose.
    • Slice It. Top sandwiches or crackers with natural cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss. These cheeses contain small amounts of lactose.
    • Shred It. Shred your favorite natural cheese onto veggies, pastas and salads. It’s an easy way to get dairy that contains minimal amounts of lactose.
    • Spoon It. Enjoy easy-to-digest yogurt. The live and active cultures in yogurt help to digest lactose.
    Try other dairy foods in small amounts and with meals to find out which ones, and which amounts, work well for you.
  • Is lactose-free milk dairy-free?
    No. Lactose-free milk is regular cow’s milk, just without the lactose. Lactose-free milk is a great choice for people with lactose intolerance and comes in a variety of flavors, including chocolate.
    A wide variety of lactose-free dairy products—including reduced-fat, low-fat, fat-free , chocolate milk, ice cream and cottage cheese—are available in many grocery stores.
    In addition, there are a variety of dairy products that naturally contain small amounts of lactose, like natural cheeses (such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss). Yogurt, including Greek-style varieties, contains live and active cultures that help digest lactose.
  • Do people with lactose intolerance often have nutritional deficiencies?
    This is unknown. While some people choose to eliminate dairy foods from their diets, doing so can result in lower intake of essential nutrients that milk provides to the diet – including calcium and vitamin D.
  • Where can I find lactose intolerance friendly recipes?
    For lactose intolerance friendly recipes, check out National Dairy Council’s recipe page on and our Pinterest page.
Dispelling Myths and Helping People Enjoy Milk, Cheese & Yogurt
 A turnkey PowerPoint presentation defining lactose intolerance, its prevalence, strategies for managing it and the impact of dairy avoidance.
The Lowdown on Lactose Intolerance: Making the Most of Milk
 A handy resource of facts, tips for tolerance and advice from the experts on lactose intolerance.
Lactose Intolerance : Resources
Lactose Intolerance : Recipes
  • About milk and cheese in recipes: These recipes do contain lactose, but are friendly for those who are lactose intolerant.
  • About yogurt in recipes: These recipes do contain lactose; the live and active cultures in yogurt help with the digestion, making them friendly to those who are lactose intolerant.
Lactose Intolerance : Events / Conferences