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New National Dairy Council Survey Reveals More Than Half of Homes With Lactose Intolerant Family Members Are Not Meeting Dietary Guidelines for Dairy Intake


June 10, 2014 - Rutland, MA

To kick off National Dairy Month, National Dairy Council and LACTAID® Brand, in partnership with Mom Central Consulting, announced the results of a new survey that examines the nutrition habits of America's families who have one or more members with lactose intolerance. The survey revealed that 55% of homes with a family member with lactose intolerance may not consume the Dietary Guidelines recommended servings of dairy each day (serving = 8 fl. oz. milk or yogurt, 1.5 oz. of hard cheese), and are thus missing out on some key nutrients and health benefits. Moderate evidence indicates that the intake of dairy is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and with lower blood pressure in adults.

The survey, conducted among more than 370 moms nationwide in April 2014, also showed that:

  • More than half of those surveyed do not realize that lactose free dairy products have all of the same nutritional and health benefits as traditional dairy products because they are real dairy! These benefits include high protein content, which can help with healthy muscles and satiety.
  • Nearly 50% of the surveyed households, within the Mom Central Network, avoid the dairy foods they crave due to fear of the discomfort it might cause them.
  • Ice cream was identified as the dairy food craved most among respondents, but often avoided because of lactose intolerance. What people may not realize is that there are lactose free ice cream options available!

"There are ways for those living with lactose intolerance to enjoy their favorite dairy foods without experiencing discomfort," said Karen Kafer, Registered Dietitian for National Dairy Council. "These findings confirm the need for better education about the benefits of dairy and dairy-based solutions for those with lactose intolerance. For example, LACTAID® Products are real dairy, just without the lactose, so you can get the same essential nutrients that fat free or lowfat dairy products provide, such as calcium, potassium and vitamin D. You can also try natural cheeses, which have minimal amounts of lactose, or yogurt, which has live and active cultures that can help those with lactose intolerance digest the lactose."

National Dairy Council and the LACTAID® Brand encourage those who are lactose intolerant to try lactose free recipes to help get their recommended three daily servings of fat free or lowfat dairy. Recipes, such as Fresh Mango Frappe for a delicious afternoon treat, Creamy Green Enchiladas or Garden Pasta for a protein-rich dinner, and delicious Custard Cream Gelato are made with lactose free LACTAID® Dairy Products and can be found at http://recipes.lactaid.com.

About the Survey
In April 2014, Mom Central Consulting (MCC) surveyed 371 Moms, who personally experience or have a family member who experiences lactose intolerance. The panel was recruited through a double opt-in process and email invitation. The 5-question survey was conducted online, programmed and analyzed by MCC. All respondents belong to the Mom Central Testing Panel, consisting of 20,000 Moms spanning across relevant demographics, such as household income, education, age, number and age of children. These Moms are tech-savvy and demographically diverse.

About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by America's dairy farmers and funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC has taken a leadership role in promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.

About LACTAID® Brand
The LACTAID® Brand offers 100% real dairy products including milk, chocolate milk and cottage cheese that are lactose free! Because it's real dairy, LACTAID® Milk provides 9 essential nutrients including calcium, protein, vitamins A and D. Along with a healthy overall diet and regular exercise, calcium is important for strong bones, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, is essential for muscle contraction and helps keep the nervous system healthy.

For more information, please visit NationalDairyCouncil.org or take the free Dairy Sensitivity Test and find more great recipe ideas at www.LACTAID.com

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