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.
- 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.