Lactose Intolerant Kids Advised to Drink Their Milk

Some people are so desperate to get everyone drinking milk that they’re now recommending that parents of lactose-intolerant kids give it to them anyway. The “some people” in this case is the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), who has released new guidelines for parents of lactose intolerant children.

According to the report, complete avoidance of dairy products is not necessary for many lactose-intolerant children. Heyman recommends that children diagnosed with lactose intolerance try small amounts of dairy to see how much they can tolerate without triggering symptoms. Some can drink one to two glasses of milk each day without developing symptoms. Others can tolerate aged cheeses and yogurt more easily than other dairy products.

Really? Entire civilizations and cultures have lived without milk products. Milk is not necessary to a healthy diet. It may even be detrimental. Why not recommend that parents feed their kids more spinach, kale, peanuts, almonds, blackstrap molasses or other calcium-rich foods?

The fact that tens of millions of people around the world are lactose-intolerant is probably a good indication that it isn’t a food that is “natural” for humans to consume. Our bodies usually tell us what’s good for us.

I doubt the American Academy of Pediatrics would recommend parents feed kids with peanut allergies “just a few peanuts” every day. If you are lactose intolerant and feel sick after drinking milk or eating cheese, you might want to listen to what your body is telling you and not to the AAP or any other agency who receives money from the dairy industry.

Indeed, the article states: “None of the authors of the AAP guidelines received dairy industry funding. But over the past three years, the AAP has received $100,000 from the National Dairy Council to support the industry group’s “3-A-Day of Dairy for Stronger Bones” campaign and a new calcium information brochure. One of the authors of the guidelines, Jatinder J.S. Bhatia, is an unpaid AAP representative on the 3-A-Day advisory panel.”

That makes things pretty clear to me.

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I am lactose intolerant. There are a ton of milk substitutes. I use Rice and Easy. It’s a milk made out of whole grain rice and with added calcium and Vitamin D. It tastes good and it’s healthy, I am pretty happy with it.