On the other hand, a person with lactose intolerance lacks an enzyme to digest the sugar in milk (lactose). This is different from a milk allergy.
Food intolerance symptoms typically are not life-threatening and may include intestinal discomfort (pain, gas, diarrhea).
Typically, those with lactose intolerance can drink lactose-free milk or take a lactase enzyme pill before they consume foods containing lactose. Some people with lactose intolerance tolerate cheese or smaller amounts of milk (such as 1 cup) with meals.
At our recent party, I was honoring June as National Dairy Month without realizing it. We served many dairy-containing foods, with Parmesan cheese in the spinach dip, butter and milk in the frosting, yogurt in the fruit dip, cheese in the sandwiches and sour cream in the vegetable dip.
Dairy foods provide a wide range of nutrients, including calcium, potassium, vitamin D, protein and riboflavin (a B vitamin). Most of the nutrients are present naturally in milk.
Consuming dairy products can help build and maintain strong bones. The nutrients in dairy serve a wide range of other functions in our body.
Be sure to read and compare the Nutrition Facts labels on foods to learn more about your food choices.
Here’s the easy-to-make, creamy dip that the teens liked so much, especially with ripe, juicy strawberries. I used a mixer to combine the ingredients thoroughly.