*In 30 minutes to two hours after consuming lactose, symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, gas and nausea.
Green Valley produces plain and flavored lactose-free yogurt and kefir, plus sour cream.
Clemmy’s makes a delicious line of ice cream that is lactose-free, sugar-free and gluten-free.
But both have limited distribution. The best way to get them into your store is to beg your store manager, and rally others to do the same.
Yoplait Lactose Free Yogurt
The good news for yogurt lovers is that Yoplait, a national brand with great distribution, has just introduced Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt in Cherry, Peach, Strawberry and Vanilla. (We wish they’d add a plain yogurt, which can be used in so many ways, including as a sour cream substitute.)
You can enjoy the lactose-free yogurt straight from the container or use it in recipes from yogurt parfaits and frozen yogurt pops to smoothies and baked goods. Head to the brand website for recipes.
And head to your grocer to pick up a bunch.
About Lactose Intolerance
Thirty to 50 million Americans—adults and children—are lactose intolerant. The disorder affects some populations more than others:
Seventy-five percent of all African-American, Jewish, Mexican-American and Native American adults are lactose intolerant.
Ninety percent of Asian-American adults are lactose intolerant.
The most lactose-tolerant are people with a northern European heritage.
Brits have the most tolerance to lactose; East Asians have the least. Check out this chart to see where your heritage falls.
Lactose intolerance is not the same as milk allergy. In the former condition, the individual lacks sufficient lactase to digest the major sugar in milk, lactose, a carbohydrate. In the latter condition, the individual is allergic to the proteins in the milk. The symptoms are often the same, but the causes are not related.
†Source: Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University.