Lactose intolerance occurs when the body can not digest lactose, the major sugar found in milk. The symptoms of lactose intolerance is gas, cramps, nausea, bloating and often severe diarrhea. These symptoms can develop from 20 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion of lactose. Some 30 million to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, with some of the population to be more susceptible than others. If you are lactose intolerant, avoid milk. It is whey in milk containing lactose, so avoiding whey becomes crucial in controlling the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Because whey found in many other foods, they must be avoided as well. Lactose is available as sugar in hundreds of food products, and as filler in much prescription medications, which must be constantly monitored
You need:. .
An ability to read the labels on all food purchased
A pharmacist who will make the necessary investigations.
It’s pretty easy to find whey listed on labels in the grocery store. But they must be read carefully. If you see the word whey in lable, putting the product back on the shelf. It will cause you discomfort. You will find whey in most breads, in cereals, in most low-fat products, in cakes and biscuits. Whey is almost everywhere. Milk, butter, cheese and ice cream are all dairy products.
You can not stop looking for only whey. Lactose is the component of whey that is the culprit for lactose intolerant person. Lactose is usually in smaller letters on the food label, so you have to look harder. Sometimes you read a label two or three times until you are sure it is OK.
As you start reading labels, you’ll notice the prefix “lac” or “lacto” on many labels. Unless you are sure if it is a secure form of lactose, avoid the food.
Another major problem for the lactose intolerant individual is eating at restaurants. Most sauces have lactose or whey in them. Butter is full of lactose because it is made from milk. So is cheese. These foods must be avoided. Often restaurant employees have no idea what is in the food they serve, so ask the wait person will rarely get you a good answer. So much of the food at the restaurant arriving at the restaurant already prepared and are combined and heated to the customer so that the cook or chef is also not aware of the presence of lactose.
Medications are the most difficult to avoid. Almost 100% of generic medicines use lactose as filler. Your pharmacist can advise you. You can also check on the Web by typing the name of the medication and producer in a search engine and find out for yourself.
Tips and Warnings
Always assume a food has lactose in it unless you have demonstrated the lack of it in a satisfactory manner.
Read all labels on all foods.
If you must, have medications composed of a compounding pharmacy. The pharmacist makes the pill for you without lactose. Your insurance does not cover compounding.