How Can I Get Enough Calcium If I'm Lactose Intolerant?
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. If you are lactose intolerant, you may have cramping, gas, or diarrhea when dairy products are consumed.
If you are lactose intolerant, you can still receive the calcium you need. Here are some suggestions:
- Try consuming small amounts of milk with meals. Milk may be better tolerated with food.
- You may be able to tolerate certain milk products that contain less sugar including cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
- Eat non-dairy calcium sources including greens, broccoli, sardines, and tofu.
- Use Lactaid Milk fortified with calcium. Talk to your dietitian about other lactose-reduced products.
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