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The Salmon Burger for Strength Building

The Salmon Burger for Strength Building

Check out this lactose-free protein option to help you build muscle mass.

There are a lot of you out there—more every day, it seems—who are finding out you’re either intolerant or allergic to lactose (the sugar in milk) or cow’s milk protein. Lactose intolerance causes digestive woes, ranging from gas to nausea and diarrhea. And as our friend Dr. Andrew Weil puts it, “Casein [a milk protein] can irritate the immune system and stimulate mucus production, worsening allergy symptoms. This . . . is why cow’s milk consumption is associated with recurrent childhood ear infections, eczema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and sinus conditions. People who have autoimmune diseases or digestive problems may find that their symptoms improve when they eliminate cow’s milk and milk products.”

Now, we recently wrote that whey powders are a great source of protein for seniors who are sidelined by an illness or injury and need to regain muscle mass. And for many of you, that’s true. But if you’re saying “No whey!”—some whey powder contains a bit of lactose and sometimes cow’s milk protein—we have a great alternative for you.

Dr. Mike has always been an advocate of salmon burgers—he loves having them for a protein blast (and their supply of omega-3 fatty acids). And, as he says in his book What To Eat When, “Stop stereotyping foods: Have a salmon burger and beans or maybe a salad with chicken and veggies for breakfast.” So look up Dr. Mike’s favorite salmon burger recipe. That’s a great way!

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

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