Contributed by: Sheridan Woodcroft
What causes lactose intolerance?
Lactose is digested in the small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. This enzyme allows the body to break down the lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These are quickly absorbed by the intestine and provide energy for the body. The level of the lactase enzyme
varies between individuals, as does the severity of
symptoms caused by lactose intolerance.
What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?
Symptoms range from mild abdominal discomfort, bloating and
excessive wind to severe abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.
Substitutes for lactose-containing foods
Lactose intolerance generally isn't serious and can be
controlled by some simple changes in your diet. The
dietary changes for lactose intolerance should include the
exclusion of those foods highest in lactose. There is now
a wide range of fresh soy milks, yoghurts and ice creams
which are lactose free and calcium enriched. Many dairy
foods actually have little or no lactose so you can
continue to enjoy them.
The power of soy protein
Soy-based products are on the rise for very healthy
reasons. The humble soybean boasts some extraordinary
benefits. Lactose-free, soy protein is a "complete
protein" which contains all 9 essential amino acids in the
right balance to meet your body's needs. Soy protein is
the only plant protein that is complete. This makes it a
great substitute for many meats, allowing you to eliminate
more saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet. While
soybeans have much to offer from a protein perspective, it
is because they contain so many nutrients, such as
isoflavones, that they are now the centre of so much
attention. Soy protein enhances the body's ability to
retain and better absorb calcium into the bones. Soy
isoflavones help by slowing bone loss and inhibiting bone
Lactose-free Formula 1
The super soy bean is at teh heart of Herbalife's Formula 1
and Thermojetics Protein Powder. Those with lactose
intolerance can mix Formula 1 and Protein Powder with
water, soy milk or fruit juice rather than skim milk,
confident they are still getting all the nutrients they
would normally get from milk, and then some, without the
risk of lactose symptoms.
Chocolate strawberry, peach almond, cafe mocha. You can
enjoy delicious shakes like these and still lose weight.
Formula 1 nutritional shake mix includes heart-smart soy
protein and essential vitamins and minerals - all in one
delicious meal! This recipe delivers at least 29 grams of
protein. The combination of protein and fruit in shakes
makes them more filling to help keep you satisfied and your
cravings at bay.
Recipe - Strawberry Parfait
- 29 grams French Vanilla Formula 1 shake mix
- 18 grams Protein Powder
- 170 gram carton strawberry-flavoured fat-free soy yoghurt
- 1 cup strawberries
- 4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in the blender and mix thoroughly
until the ice cubes are completely crushed. Ice cubes are
Note: for a thinner consistency, add 1/4 cup non-fat soy
About the Author:
Sheridan Woodcroft is a personal weight management and
health and nutrition mentor. She can show you exciting ways
to get great soy protein suitable for lactose intolerant
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