Should people who are lactose intolerant consume milk anyway?
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development wrote in their Jan. 2006 publication "Lactose Intolerance: Information For Health Care Providers":
vary in their degree of lactose intolerance, but even children and
teenagers with primary lactose intolerance can usually consume 8 to 12
ounces (1 to 1.5 cups) of milk without experiencing symptoms.
the degree of lactose intolerance varies, most people with lactose
intolerance do not require a completely lactose free diet. Milk and
milk products should not be completely eliminated because they provide
key nutrients such as calcium, vitamins A and D, riboflavin, and
Amy Inman-Felton, researcher for the American Dietetic Association, wrote in her Apr. 1999 article "Overview of Lactose Maldigestion (Lactase Nonpersistence)":
evidence strongly suggests that people with medically confirmed lactase
maldigestion [lactose intolerance] can include the recommended number
of servings of milk and other dairy foods in their diet without
experiencing gastrointestinal discomfort. People with lactose
maldigestion [lactose intolerance] who include milk and other
lactose-containing dairy foods in their diet may actually improve their
tolerance to lactose."
Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH, a physician with the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote in his Sep. 2006 article "Lactose Intolerance In Infants, Children and Adolescents":
"Even among population groups with significant lactose intolerance, the importance of dietary dairy products has been stressed. For example, the National Medical Association recently recommended that black people consume 3 to 4 servings per day of low-fat milk, cheese, and/or yogurt and that lactose-free milk be used as an alternative for those who are intolerant of these other products to help reduce the risk of nutrient-related chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Treatment of lactose intolerance by elimination of milk and other dairy products is not usually necessary given newer approaches to lactose intolerance."
The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine wrote in a Jan. 2002 Fact Sheet "Understanding Lactose Intolerance":
"There is no reason for people with
lactose intolerance to push themselves to drink milk. Indeed, milk and
other dairy products do not offer any nutrients that cannot be found in
a healthier form in other foods. Surprisingly, drinking milk does not
even appear to prevent osteoporosis, its major selling point."
Frank Oski, MD, Former Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in his 1996 book Don't Drink Your Milk!:
"Studies have suggested that some of the nutritional benefits of milk may be lost when a lactase-deficient [lactose intolerant] individual consumes milk. Not only does this person fail to receive the calories normally supplied by the undigested carbohydrates; resultant diarrhea may lead to loss of protein as well.
Two studies were conducted in groups of children with 'recurrent abdominal pain of childhood,' one study preformed in Boston and the other in San Francisco, came to a similar conclusion. The conclusion was that about one-third of such children had their symptoms on the basis of lactose intolerance. The simple solution was to remove all milk and milk-containing foods from the diet."
Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the Dairy Education Board, wrote in an article titled "Lactose Intolerance" on notmilk.com (accessed Dec. 15, 2006):
"Fifty million Americans experience intestinal discomfort after consuming milk...Symptoms include stomach pain, gas, and diarrhea.
Most adults 'lack' the enzyme, lactase, to break down lactose. Instead, lactose is broken down by bacteria in the lower intestines. Their own body wastes combine with those sugars to ferment into toxins causing bloating and cramps.
Once a correct diagnosis [of lactose intolerance] is established, there is a simple cure: NOTMILK!"