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Health Tip: Getting Calcium If You're Lactose Intolerant

(HealthDay News) — People with lactose intolerance should restrict their intake of dairy foods and other sources of lactose, which include foods containing whey; curds; milk by-products; dry milk solids; and nonfat dry milk powder.

But then how do you get enough bone-enriching calcium?

While it's best to check with your doctor, here are some calcium-rich foods that are probably safe for the lactose-intolerant, provided by the University of Virginia Health System:

  • Leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and kale.
  • Fish such as salmon and sardines.
  • Yogurts with active cultures, which can help make the yogurt easier to digest.
  • Foods rich in vitamin D, such as eggs and liver, which help the body absorb calcium.

— Diana Kohnle

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