Milking cattle for human use started in the New Stone Age (Neolithic) in Southwest Asia. India is the top producer of buffalo milk and second only to U.S. in the production of cow’s milk. Every one of us would have been rigorously trained to drink a glass of milk before going to bed for its rich calcium content and whole milk was the only option available right then. Today, we have different varieties of milk such as reduced-fat milk, low-fat milk and fat-free milk. But what about vegans and individuals with lactose intolerance? Plant-based milk is the best option for such people and here again, you have quite many options to choose from.
A Small Introduction to the Big Lactose Intolerance
Lactose is a type of natural sugar found in milk products and lactose intolerance is the condition where the body is unable to digest lactose easily. This condition exists when the small intestine is unable to secrete the enzyme lactase, needed to break down or digest lactose.
Though nothing can beat the nutrients present in a glass of cow’s/buffalo milk, individuals with lactose intolerance can choose from non-dairy alternatives to compensate for the lost dairy nutrients. Some interesting plant-based options include:
Tabulated below are the nutrition content of the above-mentioned milk forms. The nutrition value is calculated for one cup (244 grams) consumed:
Get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com to help you plan a healthy diet plan for lactose intolerance while maintaining the nutritional balance.
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