Let me fess up – I’ve suffered from Lactose Intolerance since my late teens. Actually ended up in the hospital for 5 days while they tried to diagnose what was going on. This was long – long ago – before LI became a known condition. The diagnosis – Colitis. What should I do? Drink Milk! That was the knowledge base of those days – yes – the early 60’s.

It wasn’t until the early 70’s that the condition was identified and then it was many years before various brands of lactase enzyme came onto the market and became affordable.

A secondary benefit of a Ketogenic or VLCHF diets is the reduction of Dairy Sugar in your diet. No more milk. No more ice cream. No more – No more. Yes the pills are there – but if you are not eating foods with a high lactose content – then you either don’t need the pills or you need less of them.

Suffering through LI teaches you to be cautious and always pop a pill. But to what extent is it necessary? 

What dairy products do I eat? Butter, Heavy Cream, Sour Cream, and Cheeses – of many different varieties. I’ve learned to look at labels. So many products have milk added back in. Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream and various types of cheeses. Instead of <1 gram of Carbs – all of a sudden there are >2 or 3. It may be trivial in my carb intake – but it alerts me to the need for taking an enzyme pill with the food.

Swiss Cheese is my favorite – if it has not been adulterated – it is lactose free. The harder the cheese – the less lactose.

As with so many aspects of eating this way – it took me time to realize that I was buying fewer and fewer pills to help me with my inability to digest dairy products.

I went looking for the amount of lactose in various dairy products and came upon this site and chart.

As part of my exercise regime, I use a Low Carb whey protein powder produced by Isopure. It is Lactose Free. 

So many benefits in eating this way. I’m One happy Guy.