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Lactose Intolerance

What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the predominant sugar of milk, and is the most common food intolerance among Americans. In fact, 30-50 million Americans or at least one out of ten people are lactose intolerant. This inability to digest lactose results from a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which is normally produced by the cells that line the small intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugar into simpler forms that can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. When there is not enough lactase to digest the amount of lactose consumed, the results, although not usually dangerous, can be uncomfortable and include symptoms such as: nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea – which begin about 30 minute to 2 hours after eating or drinking foods containing lactose. Lactose intolerance can be easily diagnosed on an outpatient basis at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office.

Fortunately, lactose intolerance is relatively easy to treat. While no treatment can improve the body’s ability to produce lactase, symptoms can be controlled through diet and sometimes medication.

People who are sensitive to dairy products are usually sensitive to either lactose (the sugar naturally present in milk) or to the milk protein. Products that are called "Lactose Free" do not contain any milk sugar, but they may contain isolated, milk protein as caseinate.

"Dairy Free" products do not contain lactose or milk proteins. If you would like to avoid milk proteins or dairy completely, you should only purchase Amy's products that are labeled "Dairy Free," "non-dairy," or "vegan."

Amy’s understands that people differ in the amounts and types of foods they can handle. We also understand how hard it can be for individuals, especially for children and young adults, to limit their consumption of age-old favorites including Pizzas, Lasagnas, and Macaroni and Cheese. Please feel free to browse the full list of our our lactose-free products.

Said best by our consumers and supported by our employees, Amy’s is dedicated to providing our Lactose-intolerant consumers with delicious natural and organic convenience foods:

Amy's KitchenDear Amy,
Amy! Thanks so much for your amazing lactose-free products. I recently became lactose-intolerant, and after a year of living in the dark, deprived of all I love, I saw your Mac & Cheese and screamed with delight. Mum thought I had gone crazy as I started crying. Not only did it introduce me to your line (which I now experiment and enjoy all) but it got me to explore and branch out so I found that it’s not bad after all! Thank you! You are a lifesaver smile

From Daisy Frearson

Amy's KitchenDear Amy (nice name, by the way),

I have recently been diagnosed as lactose intolerant and am amazed by the number of lactose-free products you have. I love all of the products I have tried and am looking forward to trying the pizza with no cheese and your rice bowls. Thank you for creating such healthy, organic, lactose-free meals that taste great!

Take care and happy holidays,
Amy C


Dear Amy,
I just wanted to say thank you and I love your products! Keep those yummy foods coming! Being lactose intolerant, it's nice to be able to enjoy food again. From Vicki Gagliardi

Hello to everyone at Amy's Kitchen! I am not a strict vegetarian, but due to health reasons I have significantly reduced the amount of animal products in my diet. I am lactose intolerant and it is very difficult to find dairy-free products in the small town were I live. A friend of mine suggested Amy's products (which luckily I found at my local HEB Market), so I chose to start with the Roasted Vegetable Pizza. All I can say is WOW!!! This is the best pizza I have tasted in a long time! So good in fact, my husband wanted me to trade my vegetarian pizza for his 3-meat pizza (and he is a "strict meat-eater")!!! I am so glad to finally find dairy-free vegetarian meals that actually taste so good! Keep up the good work!
Melissa from Texas

Amy's Kitchen labels products as Dairy Free, Non-Dairy, or Vegan if they contain no lactose or milk proteins. Amy's Kitchen recognizes the needs of our customers who have allergies or sensitivities dairy. Amy's always fully discloses all ingredients (except for specific spices used in the product) on the ingredient statement and will answer any questions that will help consumers decide what products they can safely consume. At Amy's we take every precaution to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur in our production facility but we want you to know that this product was produced in a plant that processes dairy.

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