lactose intolerant bees- tips for getting enough calcium

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
641 posts
Busy bee

Your easiest source without a dietary adjustment is going to be vitamin fortified orange juice, or soy milk. That said, check on vegan resources for tons of tasty veggies that contain calcium.

Post # 4
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


While I’m not lactose-intolerant, dairy milk and ice cream give me more menstrual pain.

I now mostly drink Blue Diamond Unsweetened almond milk. It is calcium fortified. It tastes very neutral, and you might not mind actually putting it in your cereal.

I stay away from soy milk because the estrogens in it severely affect my menstrual cycle.

Post # 5
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


– stop drinking soda if you are a soda drinker- the phosphate can leach calcium from your bones and prevent the absorption of new calcium

-the body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium so make sure you get enough Vitamin D

-get calcium from other foods- baked beans, canned salmon, calcium fortified foods, oatmeal, spinach, broccoli, and dark leafy vegetables like kale,chard etc, almonds and nuts

– take a supplement

Post # 6
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve been diagnosed with lactose intolerance but I honestly feel like my body just picks and chooses when it wants to digest dairy because most of the time I’m fine unless I consume copious amounts of milk products. I don’t know if I could live a life without cheese! Good luck! Goat cheese is pretty dang tasty, I actually prefer it to most other types of cheese! My FSIL is severely lactose intolerant and she can eat goat cheese without a problem. I recently made the switch to unsweetened almond milk and if I remember correctly it has twice the calcium of milk and half the calories or something to that effect. It tastes the same with cereal and as a milk substitute in recipes as well. Not exactly a solution to your cheese dilemma, but an easy way to cut a lot of dairy out of your diet.

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee

@gingerkitten:  Try almond millk!  One cup of it has 45% of your daily calcium.  The sweetened vanilla and chocolate are SO GOOD.  They are less than 90 calories per cup, so that’s as good as nonfat milk.  I prefer the Simple Truth brand at Ralph’s/Kroger.

Post # 9
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Your BEST option for calcium is from greens.  Greens actually have more calcium than milk and are proven to absorb better in your system.  That said, there are actually some greens that contain oxalate, which inhibits calcium absorption.

For example, you only absorb about 3% of the calcium that’s in spinach.  So it’s recommended to limit spinach intake to once or twice a week.  Other oxalate-rich greens include Swiss chard and beet greens.

Look to other greens to get your calcium, such as kale, collard greens, bok choy, baby bok choy, napa cabbage, watercress, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, etc.  It’s best to rotate between a variety of green vegetables to ensure you’re getting a good balance of nutrients.

Post # 10
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I try to stick to dairy that is low in lactose – hard cheeses and yogurt.  Sometimes I indulge in things that are higher, but I usually take lactaid pills when I do that.  I make sure any of the milk substitutes I use have a decent amount of calcium.

I actually do eat a fair amount of broccoli, but I think there are probably times when I’m not getting enough calcium.  I tend to go on and off periods where I eat yogurt daily.

Post # 11
143 posts
Blushing bee

I alternate between calcium-enriched Alpro milk on my high fibre cereal and calcium-enriched Alpro yoghurt on my museli. I try to stick to those two breakfasts to get the calcium, but I’m probably not doing enough.

Any calcium supplement I try makes me break out and gives me a bad stomach, but that is because most of them have lactose in the flipping ingredients! Just can’t win. 😉

Post # 12
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@fancymichelle:  I second the almond milk. It’s delicious, and it has more calcium than milk (supposedly).

Post # 14
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

You’ve already got some good suggestions so I just wanted to add that as someone who has both food allergies and is also lactose intolerant, it definitely seems like yours is allergy related and not an intolerance.  Given that, it could get worse over time so you may want to be very careful or even see an allergy doctor.  Many food allergies worsen and you wouldn’t want to have a severe reaction one day!  Lactose intolerance will present more in bowel issues whereas allergies would cause the sinus stuff, hives, etc.  Allergies could also cause bowel upset (your body trying to purge) but lactose intolerance wouldn’t cause the sinus stuff.  Good luck!

Post # 14
1801 posts
Buzzing bee

Soy/almond milk. Some of the flavorings taste delish!!

Green veggies

Granola bars, Teddy Grahams and Wheat Thins all have at least 20% DV of calcium.

Lactaid makes yogurt and ice cream that is lactose reduced. Delish, and still Calcium rich

Yogurt. It is made with dairy, but I am LI and I have no problem digesting it. Its lower lactose than milk, and the cultures in it are great for digestion. Keep it to one serving a day, youll be fine. I’m still surving on yogurt alone, dairy wise.

Post # 15
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Fish. I like sardines as a good source of protein and calcium, with low calories. I’m not lactose intolerant, but I cut down on dairy when I am trying to lose weight.

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