Millions of people have great love for the taste of cheese and today, 20 January, has been set just for you. The day is generally celebrated by tastings, cheese rolling, special restaurant menus, costume parties and giant fondues. If you’re planning your own event, you may find that dairies and shops need only a little persuasion to get involved. What’s more, few foods have such a well-loved place in our language. So invite the most important people you know and put on your ‘guilty pleasures’ playlist – just remember to take lots of photos…
Fortunately, there are cheese that can eaten by lactose intolerant individuals
The great thing about cheese is that no matter how lactose intolerant you are, cheese is one dairy product you might be able to eat without suffering the symptoms of lactose intolerance. The best way to tell which cheese has low lactose levels is by reading the nutrition label.
Since lactose is a sugar found in milk and dairy products, the fewer grams of sugar on the label – the more likely you can have it. On the nutrition label, if the sugar is listed as zero – it means that the cheese contains no more than half a gram of lactose per pounce. Just remember in an 8 ounce glass of milk, there 12 grams of lactose (sugar found in milk)
Here a great indication of cheese that are suitable and not suitable for lactose intolerance individuals:
- Cheese with trace levels (less than 0.5 gram lactose) Natural, aged cheese (such as Cheddar, Parmesan and Swiss) can be easily digested. This is due to the process of making these cheese. Most of the lactose is drained off with the whey (a liquid portion). The small amount that remains in the curd is changed to lactic acid during ripening (aging) of cheese. Only trace amounts of lactose remain.
- Cheese with low levels (less than 5 grams lactose) Fresh unripened cheese (such as mozzarella, cream cheese and ricotta) are not aged. Only part of the lactose that remains in the curd has a chance to convert to lactic acid. Cottage Cheese, also a fresh unripened cheese, generally has additional milk or cream mixed with the curd. Therefore, fresh cheeses contain more lactose than aged cheeses.
- Processed cheese foods and cheese spreads are made by melting natural cheese to stop the aging process and then adding other ingredients, including whey or milk. Cheese foods and cheese spreads contain lactose.
Celebrate this day with aged cheese and stay away from the younger cheese. A great way to know is by reading the nutrition label and for a start always look for sugar that contains less than 5 grams per serving. A dairy guru by the name of Steve Carper suggest a rule of thumb: The higher the fat content, usually the lower the lactose levels.
How will you be celebrating this day? Remember to take lots of pics…. Happy Cheese Lover’s Day!