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If I have ulcerative colitis, how can I handle lactose?

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If you're lactose intolerant, you'll want to limit or cut out dairy foods that cause problems. Look for lactose-free versions of those foods. Using an enzyme product such as Lactaid may help as well.

Also try other calcium sources, like fortified soy milk, almond milk, or other products that have calcium added to them. Canned salmon and leafy greens also have a lot of calcium.

Check with your doctor to make sure you get enough this important mineral in your diet.

SOURCES:

Bret A. Lashner, MD, director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

MedlinePlus: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Mouth Sores."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): "Diet and Nutrition," "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis."

St. John Health System: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Bret A. Lashner, MD, director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

MedlinePlus: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Mouth Sores."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): "Diet and Nutrition," "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis."

St. John Health System: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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