Lactose free milk

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   Posted 2/22/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone tried any of these? I was using Dairy Ease and lovinng it but had a slight bump in the road to remission and wondered if just taking the lactose out isn't enough. I like it so much better than soy but will go back to the soy if it means being problem free. Thanks.

Diagnosed with LS UC 1984, suffered for 16 years, high doses Pred and eased off to Azulfidine; remission for 9 years, just flared recently.Heading into remission again with addition of: prayer, deep breathing, walks on the beach and: 3 Asacol 3 x day with 3 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate 10 Probiotic; 20 mg. Prednisone; 4-1000 mg.garlic twice daily; 2 zyflamend twice daily, SuperFoods RX multi-whole food vita twice daily, SuperFoods RX Omega 3;; Metamucil morning and night - no dairy, hardly any coffee (Just added Hevla decaf), lots of water with lemon and green tea. Recently added: 1 scoop Greensplus Chia seeds and the vinegar and honey regimen.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used lactaid for 6 years and I love it. When I'm flaring I can barely handle any dairy products sometimes not even lactaid.
Are you talking about how the take the lactose out of the milk? When you're lactose intolerant you're deficient of the lactase enzyme which breaks down milk sugar in your system. Most lactose-free products aren't actually lactose-free. The put the lactase enzyme in the product so when you drink/eat it the enzyme is present and breaks down the sugar. So your system is probably still sensitive to the lactose because its not technically taken out of the milk
I also LOVE the lactaid pills. I hadn't had ice cream in 6 years until I tried those things.
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   Posted 2/22/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Lactaid nonfat & 1% lowfat milk in the 100% lactose-free cartons, which seems to be just what my intestines need. (They used to sell a 70% lactose-reduced milk, too; lately I haven't seen it in my local markets, though.) Natural-style yogurt such as Brown Cow or Stonyfield Farms or Horizon also agrees with me; in fact, I think the cultures in it improve my colon function. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 2/22/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I don't like about Lactaid is it expires 7 days after being opened and they don't sell them in small cartons so I usually end up throwing away a lot, I just like using it so I can eat cereal.
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   Posted 2/22/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep it in the coldest part of fridge & shake at least once daily. It should keep for 10 days or more without spoiling. / Old Hat

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   Posted 2/22/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks - that's what I though because I saw on the carton of the Dairy Ease (non fat and soooo good) that is it milk with the lactase enzyme added. Guess I'm just too sensitive right now. BTW, my stores here in NJ all sell Lactaid in small cartons. And also, I have no problem. in fact probably better, with the two probiotic added yogurts.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
To kill a few birds with one stone, why not try a probiotic called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way which aids with IBD symptoms, lactose intolerance, high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health.

I use it and have much success with more lactose intolerance issuses for me anymore and they were severe.
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   Posted 2/23/2008 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Will definitely give it a try - I had a little parmesean cheese on some pasta tonight with shrimp, very mild but I'm suffering now! Low back cramps, etc.

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   Posted 2/23/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
i tried the lactaid for a while and even taking lactase pills with milk and just can't do it.
i can do a little yogurt every once in a while, but no milk.
i can't do soy at all either so i have to do rice milk. it's just not the same but at least i can have a little cereal now.
good luck finding foods that work... are you doing a journal? it's the only way i can remember what i ate and how i felt.
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   Posted 2/23/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the lactose intolerance part of UC is tricky. Lactaid used to make me feel bloated all the time. I've been drinking soy milk now, and that's better, but I get bloated from that sometimes too. However, cheeses, cottage cheese, and some yogurts are okay. If you haven't tried the Phage Greek yogurt it's really yummy!! And the Phage brand is definitely the best.

When my flares were at their worst, however, I stayed away from ALL dairy--including the little bits of parmesan on pasta and stuff. Once you can handle lactaid, however, Trader Joe's (and only them) makes a lactose free cheese!! It's REAL cheese that's lactose-free (essentially the cheese equivalent of Lactaid). And it has a really long expiration date! And it tastes good! I hate soy cheese...blech.

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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to drink regular milk until I finally realized, after suffering for a long time, that milk was the culprit to my nausea, bloating and gas. So I switched to Lactaid and for a while I was able to drink that with no problem but now I can't drink that even. It makes me super nauseas and have a full bloated feeling. I tried goats milk and I have one word Yuck! lol I can't drink soy because, I think it was Quincy that stated this, but it can mess with estrogen levels? I can't mess around with my hormones because then it messes with my Uc and that was true when I tried soy milk/ice cream - it increased my Uc symptoms. I have no trouble with cottage cheese, cheddar cheese or yogurt.
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   Posted 2/23/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Rachel, thanks for the TJ info - I love that store - it's an hour away but I stock up once a month.

Has anyone ever tried the Veggie Shreds or slices by Galaxy? I just made grilled "cheese" sandwices for my husband and I and they were so yummy. Best of all is that he doesn't have a clue he wasn't eating real cheese. It melts so well and tastes so good.


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   Posted 2/23/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I always stick to the so and, for me, the taste is actually so much better than Lactaid.  I never really liked milk anyways. 

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   Posted 2/23/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
i live by rice milk. vanilla flavored is good in cereal. original flavor for cooking. anybody else? I learned about rice milk on Healingwell!
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Past Meds: Azasan (Imuran) - piercing chest pains after six days so tried different brand aka Azathioprine - morning nausea /didn't really help after more than 6 months, canasa (tried but got worse at the time - connected or not laying off for now)
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