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The (Almond) Milk of Human Kindness

The (Almond) Milk of Human Kindness

Did you know that lactose intolerant folks can pass extra-pungent gas? Most people expell gas 10-20 times a day with little noise and no smell (Whew!). But some can crank out around two liters of smelly, sulphur-containing compounds daily. No wonder when Buck and Arlene Weimer previewed their odor-suppressing underpants, Under-Ease, on Shark Tank (they didn’t win) they generated a lot of buzz-z-z. But no one mentioned what might be causing folks to want smell-stifling underwear. That's the problem we care about -- and if you are lactose intolerant, we bet you care too.

Being sensitive to dairy, or lactose intolerant, is a major cause of extra-fumy gas. Between 30 and 50 million adults in North America can’t digest lactose, the sugar in cow’s milk. That includes 90% of Asians, 75% of African-American, Jewish, Mexican-American, and Native American peoples, and 50% of Mediterranean peoples. (Around 90% of those of northern European descent can.)

Related: Find out more about lactose intolerance.

If you're off dairy, you'll need alternate sources of calcium and vitamin D3. For calcium try dark leafy greens, sardines, salmon, beans, and a 600mg daily supplement. For D3, salmon, canned albacore tuna, and a 1,000IU D3 supplement daily. And you’ll need something to pour on cereal!

Related: The Benefits of Almond Milk

Enter UNSWEETENED almond or walnut milk. One cup of packaged almond milk has healthy fats, 50% of RDA for vitamin E and B12, 45% calcium, 25% of vitamin D. And you can easily make nutrition-packed walnut milk: Soak 1 cup walnuts overnight, drain, blend with 32 oz. water, add a touch of salt and vanilla extract (make sure there’s no sugar or corn syrup in it—just alcohol and vanilla). Then go nuts! 

Related: Lactose-Free Milk Alternatives

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