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New Research Finds Most African American Women with Lactose Intolerance Manage Their Condition by Limiting or Avoiding Dairy
Date:9/21/2009

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Lactose Intolerance in Multicultural Communities Survey sponsored by the LACTAID(R) Brand found that 78 percent of African American women reduce the amount of milk or dairy in their diet as a way to manage their lactose intolerance. Yet, 48 percent of African American women who have lactose intolerance worry the condition keeps them from consuming important nutrients, such as calcium and vitamins A and D. Despite their concerns, only 16 percent have talked to a health care professional about lactose intolerance.

The study found that half of African American women are unsure about what foods are safe to eat without triggering symptoms and 12 percent remove dairy from their diet completely as a way to control their lactose intolerance. This is concerning as dairy foods and beverages contain essential nutrients that are important for a healthy lifestyle.

Since up to 80 percent of African Americans may have symptoms of lactose intolerance, there is a need for a greater understanding of how to manage the condition. In fact lactose intolerance is easy to diagnose and easy to manage, without forgoing milk and the dairy foods African Americans and their families love. That's why to help educate women about lactose intolerance, the LACTAID(R) Brand has partnered with Delilah Winder, celebrity chef, author and restaurant owner, to share her recipes and tips for eating healthy and enjoying dairy again.

"Although I am lactose intolerant, milk and dairy products are an important part of my diet. I rely on LACTAID(R) Milk to ensure I drink real, delicious milk everyday and consume the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle," said Winder. "In my house, no family gathering is complete without sweet potato pie because managing lactose intolerance doesn't mean we have to give up on our favorite traditional s
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