Managing a Lactose Free Diet
It is important that you follow a lactose free diet as this is the only effective treatment to reduce the discomfort associated with lactose intolerance.
You must first be comfortable with being able to identify the obvious and non-obvious sources of lactose in your diet.
Milk and other dairy products are an important food group as they provide energy, protein, fat, calcium, magnesium and other important nutrients such as riboflavin. Therefore, you must make sure you are making suitable substitutions and considering the nutrients you may be at risk of being deficient of.
Your diet does not need to be restrictive – for example, cheddar cheese is virtually lactose free and most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate a small amount of lactose in their diet.
You can incorporate products such as lactase enzyme and also certain probiotics to help your body with the digestion of lactose.