Attention All Lactose Intolerant People:
You Can Eat Cheese!
It is a myth that the lactose intolerant cannot eat cheese.
Even if ice cream makes you gassy and bloated,
you can still enjoy cheese comfortably every day.
Let me show you the light and get all of your
lactose intolerant cheese questions answered.
So, WTF is lactose?
Lactose is milk sugar.
… and WTF is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is when you have problems digesting the milk sugar in dairy.
The lactose ferments in the small intestine, leading to uncomfortable feelings of indigestion, bloating, and worse 💩.
Ok, so what foods have lactose?
Non-fermented, fresh dairy products, like milk and ice cream.
…and what foods don’t have lactose?
Fermented dairy products, like yogurt, kefir, aged cheese.
Butter is also lactose-free, thankfully.
What’s up with this lactose intolerant cheese?
Well, technically cheese still has some lactose.
There are just teeny tiny trace amounts leftover that your body probably won’t notice.
But why are they low in lactose?
There are actually two reasons why cheese is safe for the lactose intolerant:
1. The process of cheesemaking converts lactose into lactic acid.
2. Once cheese is cultured, the curds (milk solids) are drained of their whey (milk liquid).
The whey is what contains the lactose. As the cheese ages,
it leaks out even more whey.
So, can I eat ALL the cheese?
Tread lightly, my friend.
Avoid processed cheeses, such as American and deli Swiss,
which are blended with lactose-heavy whey to make them melt better.
Be careful with fresh cheeses, like mozzarella and ricotta.
They have more lactose than aged cheeses.
Try them out, see how you feel, and if you still feel gross,
try something older.
Then, what cheeses can I eat?
Start with a hard, aged cheese, such as Parmigiano Reggiano.
These have virtually no lactose.
Parmigiano is also made with raw milk,
which has more probiotics that can improve digestion.
So, I can only eat hard cheese?
Nah, I’m just giving you a jumping off point.
Start slow and steady with an ounce of hard cheese.
If that goes through your body easily, try a younger cheese such as Wisconsin cheddar.
If that works out, then try going even younger with a little bit of brie.
See what you can handle
and go from there.
But what if I’m still getting sick from this cheese?
Try an aged sheep or goat milk cheese
like Spanish Manchego or Midnight Moon gouda from Cypress Grove.
And if I’m still getting sick?
Unfortunately, you might have a dairy or casein allergy
and might need to avoid dairy altogether.
Sorry boo 😞