Q: What is lactose intolerance?
A: Lactose intolerance isn’t an allergy, and surprisingly, you can develop symptoms at any age. People with lactose intolerance or deficiencies, are unable to digest the lactose (sugar) in cow’s milk if the small intestine doesn’t produce enough lactase enzyme. This is a very common condition, manifesting most commonly as stomach aches. There are now several dairy free products available on the market as an alternative, and many people with lactose intolerance find that switching from cow’s milk to goat milk can help.
Q: What kinds of lactose free milk can I buy?

A: For dairy free alternatives, try these:

Oat Milk: Try our white or chocolate Earth’s Own brand oat milk, made from oats (surprise!) harvested right here on Canadian soil. Originating in Sweden, oat milk has a mild oatmeal flavour, so is a popular choice for breakfast, and is available in various styles such as sweetened, unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate. Oat milk is currently trending ten-fold, and has a low environmental impact to produce.

Soy Milk: Produced by soaking and grinding soybeans, soy milk originated in China, and is one of the most popular choices as a substitute for dairy milk by people who are vegan or lactose intolerant.

Almond Milk: Delivering a creamy dairy milk substitute to your table, almond milk does not contain cholesterol or lactose and is low in saturated fat. In smoothies, almond milk adds a delicious nutty flavour, calcium and vitamin D for health.

Coconut Milk: Add some luxury to your culinary pursuits with Everland Organic Rich & Creamy canned Coconut Milk. This aromatic and creamy coconut milk adds an authentic taste to Thai and Indian curries, and elevates the flavours of your everyday soups and smoothies. 100% vegan, and ethically sourced through Fairtrade practices. Canned coconut milk is the ultimate solution to storing milk for future use in times of supply chain shortages, or simple convenience. Just reach into the pantry and you have one of the main ingredients for your favourite smoothie or cream soup.


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