Eat this!

Okay, so you know what you can’t eat, but what can you eat? You can probably eat yogurt. Yes, I know this topic has been debated thoroughly, but according to All You Want to Know About Yogurt!, thanks to the “live active cultures” in yogurt, it is digestible by lactose intolerant people. I’ve experimented with this, and I have no trouble digesting it without any of my normal intolerance side effects. I don’t even get canker sores, which I get from other dairy products even if I take a lactase supplement with them. So, as long as you’re lactose intolerant and not allergic to dairy products, I think yogurt is probably the best natural calcium source available easily in your local grocery store.

You can eat semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate, as long as they don’t have added dairy products like whey or butter. Two brands I’ve used which do not have lactose in them are Baker’s and Log House semi-sweet chocolate chips. Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate is also dairy free. Hershey’s Cocoa and Syrup are dairy free.

A great substitute for ice cream is sorbet. It is a water (as opposed to dairy) based frozen dessert. Most sorbets (like Ben and Jerry’s) are even fat free and cholesterol free. Yum! Ben and Jerry’s sorbet is one option, but Haagen Dazs (you can also read their page in Japanese) and other frozen dessert companies market it as well. Way to go! A big Non-Dairy THANK YOU from the lactose intolerant community!

Parve foods do not contain dairy products. This is one type of kosher label. Other kosher symbols to look for on packaging include a U in a circle, a K with leaves above and below, and a K in a triangle; these foods may or may not have dairy in them–read the label. Sometimes these symbols have a D by them, which means they definitely do have dairy in them. If there are no dairy ingredients listed and you see one of these symbols, you’re probably safe. To be sure, look for the word parve on the label. Chances are you never noticed these little letters before, but they can really help you out at the grocery store.

Public Service Announcement: Eggs do NOT contain lactose, and neither do potatoes. I receive an OBSCENE amount of email from people who think eggs are a dairy product. Eggs are just chickens, and potatoes are just potatoes! Okay? Okay. Thank you for your attention.

10 Responses to “Eat this- foods you can eat without having symptoms.”

  1. Christalise Says:

    I have a child with chronic bowel syptoms all the time. He just recently got out of the hospital from 2 days of cleaning his system out with laxatives. Now the doctors are telling me to put him on a high fiber/lactose diet. I need help on what is good and not good for him to eat. And what I can buy in a regular grocery store without going broke. Can you please help me by sending me information and a list if possible? Thank you very much for everything.

  2. Jen Says:

    OK, so your son needs a diet high in fiber AND high in lactose?

    High fiber is easy: 1 apple w/skin, 1C Raspberries, 1 med. Avocado; 1C cooked Carrots, Kale, Sweet potato, Winter squash, Soybeans, Black beans, Kidney beans, Lentils or Peas; Bran cereal, Rolled (Dry) Oats, Flax Seed…

    Lactose: anything dairy - including whey, casein, caseinate, lactalbumin, caramel color, caramel flavoring, ghee, custard, hydrolysates, hydrolyzed milk protein, high protein flour, lactoferrin, lactoglobulin, lactose, lactulose, margarine, rennet, protein, Simplesse, nougat…Lactose is often in any orange drinks, like Orange Soda, and is in Mikky D’s french fries as a preservative. Lactose is everywhere!

  3. Samantha Says:

    Breyers makes lactose free ice cream!! It only comes in vanilla, but it is delicious! Same creamy flavor as regular, but it didn’t make me sick, and I’m very sensitive to lactose!

  4. joyce mcfadden Says:

    I have just become lactose intolerant. I am having diffuculty finding a list of foods to avoid. I find it astonishing to discover this problem after 79 years of enjoying my milk and all milk products. I really need some help on this new deal.

  5. joyce mcfadden Says:

    I need a recipe for a mixture of something to mix up egg salad or tuna salad. Thank you.

  6. Amanda Says:

    I use manoise when i make tuna salad.

  7. Helene Says:

    What is manoise?

  8. Keith Says:

    Soy-Delicious makes AWESOME lactose-free and somtimes gluten-free ice cream in a multiple of flavours. Chocolate chip cookie dough is my fav! I havent had real ice cream in 20 years, but I think it tastes even better, and so far, every one I know who has tried it, says they like it better too (even the lactose loving dairy eaters!).

  9. diane Says:

    what can you use in place of margarine or butter?

  10. Mary Says:

    People are probably confusing lactose intolerant with vegan - that would explain the confusion about eggs. Can’t really see why anyone would think potatoes have lactose, though.

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