Myth vs. Fact: Lactose Intolerant?
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “I can’t have any dairy foods like milk…I am lactose intolerant. They hurt my stomach.”
Fact: Dairy is full of protein, calcium, Vitamin D, potassium and essential for athletes. Though you may be lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy dairy in your diet! For milk, you can try Lactaid as it is easy on the stomach. Yogurt is only 2% lactose so typically in smaller portions, it can be a good choice. Whey protein isolate is less than 1% lactose and the optimal protein post-workout. Mixing whey protein in Lactaid or blending it with water and fruit to make a smoothie is a great way to refuel after a workout.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and t