Lactose intolerance takes a heavy toll on many people who are accustomed to having a significant amount of dairy in their diet. An individual usually becomes lactose intolerant post-adolescence and up until this age, they may have been accustomed to eating dairy incorporated foods such as pizza and ice cream on a regular basis. Once lactose intolerance becomes a problem for an individual, the choice of eating or not eating dairy foods is a dilemma. Oftentimes, a lactose intolerant individual will choose not to prohibit him or herself from indulging on a delicious slice of pizza or a rich, creamy slice of cheesecake and just deal painfully with the consequences. At the other extreme, the sufferer will choose to avoid any form of dairy in any amount, at all costs. For all of us who suffer from lactose intolerance, the grocery store offers us a way to enjoy our favorite dairy products, in more ways than we may have thought.
Most of us are familiar with various types of milk that do not contain lactose. This list includes soy milk products, almond milk, rice milk and lactose-free milk, such as Lactaid, which are all available at your local grocery store. What some of us may not be familiar with is the availability of lactose free ice cream products hidden away in the aisles of your supermarket. Many of these products do not compromise on flavor and texture, retaining the same amount of creamy goodness that is essential for any ice cream. Tofutti is a brand that uses soybean curd, or tofu, as the primary ingredient in ice cream and it works wonderfully. Here in Long Island, the local Trader Joe’s carries this product in the frozen foods aisle. Another lactose free ice cream brand is Lactaid, better known for its lactose free milk products. Lactaid ice cream is produced in several basic flavors, but the creamy texture and flavor of the ice cream places it among one of the best supermarket brands. Cheese is being produced using soy as a substitute for lactose intolerant consumers and although the idea of soy cheese may be unappealing, in the likes of tofu ice cream, it emulates dairy cheese quite well, in both taste and utility.
Lactose intolerance is not the end of the road for ice cream and cheese lovers out there. Do some research, check out your local grocery stores and discover new lactose free products that can satisfy your dairy cravings.