From Frugivore — 75 percent of African Americans and Native Americans are lactose intolerant and don’t fully process the sugar lactose in milk because of a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, reported The University of Maryland Medical Center. This isn’t a dire matter but it does make drinking cow’s milk a burden.

If you’re not sure if you’re lactose intolerant look for symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, and gas about 30 minutes to two hours after you drink milk. Other people may be allergic to the additives and hormones is cow’s milk. So if you’re not able to enjoy the classic milk and cookies snack and want to move on to another option besides Lactaid, try these alternatives.

Almond Milk

  • This sweet substitute for cow’s milk is made when roasted almonds are crushed, then mixed with water vitamins, stabilizers and often a sweetener like evaporated cane juice, according to the Wall Street Journal. An added bonus is that an eight once glass of milk is only 60 calories compared to about 130 calories in two percent cow’s milk.


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  • a daughter of Yemonja

    @Rashida…I can totally appreciate the voice of reason and even your tone in this recent post. You have made several interesting points and many of which I to stand…just at a very different view. Like you my family and eat the food that we prepare from the whole food itself (not the store:}). I have worked at a CSA for the past 7 years (plus). and visit local farmers as well as run our own family home based local garden/hobby farm for folks in the hood. And I really believe that we have more of a common ground than not especially as community is concerned. However, just as you are worried about the untruths (in your perspective) being shared on this site ie drinking raw milk etc. I am truly worried about the lies mainstream America is teaching us.

    I was referring to the hype of encouraging folks to drink cow’s milk for strong bones. When in fact there are several other ways to incorporate natural occurring calcium, I wasn’t saying that getting calcium in your body wasn’t important and hyped…cause we need calcium for many of the absorption and assimilation process physiologically speaking.

    Like you I was breastfed and breast fed all of my youth. I also don’t consume any flesh nor dairy. I don’t say I am vegan because I consume honey and drink homemade kombucha. I have been a part of a local garden for the last 3 years and been members of a CSA. We also have grown our own food as a family. I, due to my lifestyle, don’t visit these dairy and meat farms (have no need nor desire), but I do know several people who get local raw milk and have been for years at it is literally from the tit to the cup. Anyway, this could be talked about from every angle and it really is a personal experience… our own individual truth varies from the next. But I do truly appreciate hearing your dialog and reading and learning more from a more calmer perspective…much peace to you and your household.

  • Bridget

    I didn’t become lactose-intolerant until I had my child. Almond milk is so much better-as long as it’s Blue Diamond. Silk almond milk sucks.