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African Americans at Risk for Low Calcium Intake - New Survey Finds Those Experiencing Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance May be Sidelining Dairy in Their Diets
Date:3/27/2008

Addition of lactose-free milk like LACTAID(R) Milk increases calcium and

vitamin D intake

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey has found that 63% of African Americans who experience stomach discomfort from eating dairy are likely to reduce or stop drinking milk or consuming dairy-rich products leaving them at risk for low calcium intake(1). However, those who are lactose intolerant suffer uncomfortable side effects when consuming dairy products. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Delilah Winder joins LACTAID(R) Milk, the nation's #1 lactose-free milk brand, to help educate lactose intolerance sufferers about easy solutions for their symptoms that won't leave them at risk for inadequate calcium intake.

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"As a chef who is lactose intolerant testing all the food I prepared was somewhat of a challenge -- lactose intolerance can turn a perfect meal into a terrible memory," said Winder. "I found that I couldn't even enjoy my favorite dishes anymore. Discovering LACTAID(R) Milk and LACTAID(R) Fast Act Dietary Supplements helped me bring my award winning macaroni and cheese and all of my favorite dishes back to my table to enjoy with my friends and family."

People who are lactose intolerant -- a condition where the body is deficient in the lactase enzyme which breaks down lactose, the milk sugar in dairy foods and beverages -- often avoid dairy products altogether. This omission can lead to potential deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D resulting in loss of bone density, which may lead to conditions such as osteoporosis later on in life. Because the prevalence of lactose intolerance is high for African Americans -- nearly 80% of the African American population suffers from this condition(2) -- it is important that this population understands
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