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|Cheese on a low-lactose diet- 2009|
|by Anita MacDonald and Pat Portnoi. This article first appeared inNetwork Health Dietitians in April 2009.|
There are hundreds of types of cheese produced throughout the world. Some mature hard cheeses are known to be low in lactose but there is a scarcity of analysis data, and any existing information is inconsistent and variable. Inclusion of cheese in a low lactose diet is difficult without quantitative information about its lactose content. It would be useful to be able to include mature hard cheese in a low lactose diet: it is versatile, will add variety, increase palatability and enhance the nutritional quality of the diet.
In galactosaemia, a rare, inherited metabolic disorder, patients have to follow a life long lactose-free diet. Traditionally, mature hard cheese was always excluded in the diet until a UK medical advisory panel (a group of dietitians, clinicians…
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