What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose is the sugar found naturally in milk. Lactose intolerance happens when your body does not make enough lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose). Signs of lactose intolerance are:
- Stomach cramping
If you are lactose intolerant, you might still be able to have some lactose. Talk with your doctor to learn more about lactose intolerance.
How do I read a food label?
Food labels change, so it is important to always check the label, even on foods you eat regularly. When reading a food label, make sure it does not have these ingredients:
- Milk, skim milk and non-fat milk solids
|Food group||Food allowed||Foods to avoid|
|Meat, Poultry, Fish||Any baked, broiled, roasted or boiled meat, poultry or fish||
|Breads||Breads made without milk, such as French bread, Italian bread, bagels or “parve” breads.||Any baked products made with milk, such as muffins, biscuits, waffles, donuts, pancakes, sweet rolls and loaf breads|
|Cereal||Any cereal made without milk, macaroni, spaghetti, pasta and rice prepared without milk||Any prepared cereal that contains dry milk solids|
Rev. 8/2012. This document is intended to provide health related information so that you may be better informed. It is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice and should not be relied upon for treatment for specific medical conditions.