I am lactose intolerant and I have heard that almond milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk. What do you think?

Lactose intolerance is defined as the inability to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in milk and milk products. One that is lactose intolerant generally is missing the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose into glucose and galactose. Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate a small amount of lactose in their diet. I have patients that are lactose intolerant that do not have problems eating cheese or yogurt, but only have problems with milk. Others tend to need to be more strict with dietary restrictions.

Almond milk may be an alternative to cow’s milk. Those that follow a vegan diet (no animal products) may benefit from the use of almond milk. Almond milk is made from water and ground up almonds. However, it does not have the same nutritional value. Almond milk contains significantly less protein per cup (approximately 1 gram) vs. cow’s milk (approximately 7 grams). Almond milk may be substituted in many recipes that call for milk, with the exception of substituting it in a dry pudding mix. Almond milk should not be substituted for infant formula, as it does not contain the right amount of vitamins and minerals that a growing infant would need. In addition, infants should not have nuts or nut-containing foods in their diet until the child is at least one year old.

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