Cheese and Yogurt: Part II

Like mentioned in the previous post, the amount of lactose a person can digest depends on the amount lactase their body is producing. With that being said, there are some foods that contain some lactase that individuals with mild lactose intolerance can digest such as cheese and yogurt. 

There is a myth that people should stay away from cheese no matter how intense your lactose intolerance may be. The reality is that there are cheeses that you can still eat and some that you should stay away from completely. One cheese you should avoid eating is Mozzarella. The other is Ricotta. These contain more lactose than aged cheese. 

What is aged cheese? Aged cheese is cheese that has been aged for a certain amount of time. The cheese a lactose intolerant person should be eating is aged cheese that has been aged for 6 months. Cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan contain less lactose than any other cheese, as long as they have been aged for 6 months or longer. These cheeses contain less than 0.5 grams of lactose compared to the 5 grams of lactose that Mozzarella and Ricotta contain. The lactose in these cheeses has been broken down over the aging process therefore these cheeses do not taste as sugary. If you are still questioning the consumption of these cheeses, just take a lactase enzyme caplet and enjoy your food!

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