LEARN HOW TO EAT CONFIDENTLY, LIVE FULLY AND LOVE DAIRY FOODS.
Your relationship with dairy foods is unique. That's why individualized solutions are important to help you eat confidently with lactose intolerance and still allow you the great taste and nutritional benefits that all your favorite dairy foods deliver. Before you cut out the benefits of the dairy foods you enjoy - learn about signs and symptoms, proper diagnosis, and tips and tricks for enjoying dairy in your diet. Join the #EatConfidently conversation.

Signs and Symptoms

The gastrointestinal issues, such as bloating and discomfort, which are commonly associated with lactose intolerance, can also be symptoms of other digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or GERD.

Proper Diagnosis

Before eliminating dairy from your diet, visit your doctor so you can be properly tested for lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is not as common as you may think.

Tips and Tricks

There are often many ways to keep the great taste and benefits of dairy foods (milk, cheese and yogurt) in your diet, like working small amounts into your meals or choosing foods with minimal amounts of lactose. Then you can start planning lactose intolerance-friendly meals that you can feel good about and enjoy.

WHAT DOES LACTOSE INTOLERANCE MEAN FOR YOU?

When it comes to lactose intolerance, learning what's fact and what's fiction can be overwhelming. The short clips below offer some trustworthy advice for the whole family.

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WHAT IS LACTOSE INTOLERANCE?

Many people identify as lactose intolerant without a proper diagnosis. Learn the symptoms, what causes them, how to get tested, and how to continue incorporating healthy dairy into your life.

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LIVING WITH LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

You don't have to say goodbye to all your favorite foods just because of lactose intolerance! Learn the tips and tricks to employ so you can continue to enjoy delicious and nutritious dairy, with minimal or no discomfort.

ENJOY DAIRY FOODS WITH CONFIDENCE

Lactose intolerance is a very individualized condition. Many people can enjoy a variety of dairy foods that best suit them. The more you understand about the lactose in dairy foods, the more easily you can make decisions that are right for you.

Milk

MilkMILKA 8 oz cup of milk typically has about 12g of lactose, however, lactose-free dairy milk options are readily available and contain all the same beneficial nutrients.

Ice Cream

Ice CreamICE CREAMAlthough the lactose content of ice cream varies by brand and recipe, you may be able to enjoy it in moderation. There are also lactose-free dairy options available in varying flavors.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage CheeseCOTTAGE CHEESEAt 3 grams of lactose per half cup, cottage cheese typically has a greater amount of lactose than most natural hard, cheeses, but there are also lactose-free options available. So start off small to find out how much and what types of cottage cheese can be consumed to best meet your needs.

Yogurt

YogurtYOGURTEnjoy regular yogurt and Greek-style yogurt. Its live and active cultures help digest lactose.

Cream

CreamCREAMLike butter, at less than half a gram of lactose per half cup, cream may be enjoyed in moderation by some individuals.

Butter

ButterBUTTERAt less than half a gram of lactose per teaspoon, butter may be a lactose intolerance-friendly option.

Natural Cheese

Natural CheeseNATURAL CHEESEDue to natural aging and steps in the cheese making process, natural cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss contain minimal amounts of lactose.

*Choose low fat and fat-­free dairy products.

EMBRACE YOUR APPETITE

You likely don't have to avoid your favorite dairy foods. Check out our lactose intolerance-friendly recipes to learn how to enjoy your favorite meals.

Or visit the recipe section of the NDC Website

#EATCONFIDENTLY

Join the conversation to find the latest news and information, learn how others are managing lactose intolerance and discover ways to enjoy dairy foods again.