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How can you have calcium when you are lactose intolerant?

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You can try lactose-free or lactose-reduced dairy products, which you can find at most supermarkets. Another option is to take lactase enzyme drops or tablets before you eat dairy.

Some studies show many people can eat dairy if they choose low-lactose foods like hard cheeses, eat foods and drinks with lactose in small amounts, or use dairy as an ingredient in a meal. Since dairy is the best source of calcium, it's worth experimenting by adding small amounts to your diet to see what you can handle.

From: Calcium: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

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