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What is the difference between? Soy, Rice & Lactaid milk

DS is Lactose intolerant


Asked by Anonymous at 11:22 AM on Sep. 21, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Lactose is milk sugar, is almost gone in products like cheese and yogurt (the probiotics/rennet consumes it). People naturally make the enzyme that digests milk sugar comfortably, but a few things can diminish the amount made in the gut, which makes the digestive upset in 'lactose intolerant' bodies. Lactaid milk has the enzyme added directly --and you can buy just the enzyme itself so no one needs to be careful about milk sugar being present ds can just eat whatever along with a few drops.

    Antibiotics, digestive illness (like food poisoning) and a prolonged period without milk or milk products may all reduce enzyme production. Very gradually adding milk will enable the body to keep up. Lactaid can speed it up.

    The calcium in milk is not in a form that bodies can absorb, so the fact that there is 'lots' doesn't matter at all. Good quality ice cream (made with cream, not milk) has almost no lactose. It tastes better, too.

    Answer by LindaClement at 1:18 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Soy milk is a beverage made from soybeans. Rice milk is a kind of grain milk processed from rice. It is mostly made from brown rice and commonly unsweetened. Lactaid milk is milk that has had the lactose, milk sugar, removed.

    Answer by JoyandLove at 11:25 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • So would the Lactaid be better to give him?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Soy milk can be a by-product of tofu production. It's the juice of soy beans mixed with water, sugar, and thickeners. Soy can influence hormone levels and should not be ingested in large quantities unless directed by a health professional. Soy can cause allergies.

    Rice milk is made by blending rice with water and allowing the proteins and starches to be released. The solid rice is drained away and the fluid is mixed with sweeteners and thickeners, similar to soy milk. Rice is a very safe food. That's why infant cereal is made from rice.

    Lactaid is a lactose-free milk. Basically, they add lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose. This makes it digestible for people who don't produce lactase in their body's naturally.

    Milks are also made from oats, almonds, hemp seeds, and some other very interesting plant parts.

    Answer by ecodani at 11:31 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Also is there any other alternatives for like cheese, yogurt, ice cream?

    DS is a picky eater so I need to know.

    He will hate is if he can't have ice cream.

    Thanks for explaining

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Rice milk is generally best bc it is low allergy. You can find rice milk yogurt, cheese, etc. If your child has a lactose allergy, there could be other allergies. I would stay away from cow-milk dairy products and all soy products too. The only exception would be cow-milk yogurt that is REAL, not the kid yogurt-- the stuff with living cultures. Picky eaters may not like it. Soy is not goof for boys.

    Ice cream solution: Rice milk ice cream is awesome! There are also fruit sorbets that have no dairy at all, are low in fat and full of vitamin C!

    You can get protein and calcium from other foods like spinach, kale, beans, etc. Dairy is NOT necessary.

    Answer by ecodani at 11:56 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • I would just give him water.

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:57 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Out of those choices I'd go for soy since rice is much lower calorie, lower fat, and generally not fortified. Lactaid is still milk so it's not going to be good for him, it'll just upset his tummy a bit less.

    There are loads of frozen desserts, cheeses, and yogurts made from soy, rice, coconut, and other milks.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 1:41 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • I am Lactose Intolerant and drink Deans Lactose Free milk. I would go with Lactaid free milk before soy or rice milk. Soy isn't bad if you get the flavored kind but rice milk is nasty. He will be fine with Lactaid free milk.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:11 PM on Sep. 21, 2009