Eating Healthy with Autumn Bollinger

Published 06/06 2014 06:43PM

Updated 06/10 2014 10:35AM

Living with lactose intolerance doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite dairy foods.

In fact, despite some common misconceptions, most people are able to enjoy dairy even if they are lactose intolerant.

Here are five things you should know if you think you are lactose intolerant:

Lactose intolerance isn't as common as you think. In fact, roughly 1 in 10 adults report having lactose intolerance, and that's through self-diagnosis (which may be inaccurate). If you're experiencing symptoms such as gas, bloating or diarrhea, it's best to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

You can still enjoy your favorite dairy foods. Just because you are lactose intolerant, you don't necessarily have to give up  nutrient-rich dairy all together. Many health experts agree you should still try to consume dairy because it provides essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet.

Find what works best for you. While no two people are the same, neither is the amount of lactose in various dairy foods. Start small and by mixing low-fat or fat-free dairy with other foods. You can also try cheese and yogurt, or lactose-free milk.

For more information about lactose intolerance, visit
- National Dairy Council -

Lactose-free milk still packs a nutritional punch. Lactose-free milk is real dairy, just without the lactose. It provides the same essential nutrients, such as calcium, potassium and vitamin D, found in regular dairy products.

Cooking when  you are lactose intolerant is easy. Even if you've been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, your meals can still be exciting. Visit the National Dairy Council's website or Pinterest page to find recipes for you and your family.

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