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Lactose Restricted Diet


This diet is designed to help prevent the symptoms of lactose intolerance: abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, bloating and/or diarrhea. Lactose is the primary sugar found in milk and dairy products be limited or omitted, depending on the degree of intolerance. The degree of lactose intolerance is variable. Some lactose intolerant persons may be able to consume modest amounts of dairy without symptoms, while others may find relief from a more stringent lactose restriction. An option for some lactose malabsorpers is the use of a lactase enzyme (ultra lactaid, dairy ease, etc.) with dairy products.

lactose content of dairy products

10 – 15 grams

Milk (skim, low fat, or whole)  – 1 Cup
Buttermilk – 1 Cup
Ice Cream – 1 Cup
Yogurt – 1 Cup
Goat Milk – 1 Cup

0.5 – 1 gram

Processed American cheese – 1 oz
Cottage cheese – 1/4 cup
Sour cream – 2 tsp

1-3 grams

Puddings/Custard – 1/2 cup

less than .5 gram

Butter – 1tsp.