Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For the poor, poor lactose intolerant among us...

I've realized lately that I'm becoming less and less able to process lactose. I've decided that rather give in completely to the monster that is my digestive system, I will fight this wretched condition and continue to eat cheese and ice cream and yogurt and milk chocolate.

But there's a limit to my masochism, and in the morning, when I'm just waking up and drinking my cup a' joe, I tend to use soy milk.

In this hippified town, there are about 100 options for a person like me who wants to purchase a smooth, nutty, frothy delicious box of soy goodness. I prefer plain, unsweetened, unflavored versions, which limits my options somewhat, but still, I have choices and really no way to differentiate other than price and the prettiness of the packaging.

So I was delighted to come across Cornucopia Institute's Organic Soy Scorecard. Cornucopia came up with a rubric to determine the "goodness" of various soy brands based on criteria like the business structure of the company (family business=good, investor owned corp=bad), percentage of organic soybeans purchased, transparency of purchasing information, etc.

Unfortunately, my last purchase, on sale at the local market, came out with a "zero bean" rating -- which means it was a poor choice. Next time, I'm going to go for Eden. It came out number one, it's offered at my local coop, it's only slightly more expensive, and it tastes so much more delicious (it's a toasty brown and tastes like a handful of nuts mixed in cream). Mmmmm.

7 comments:

  1. I, too, have lost the ability to drink a tall, cold glass of milk. Although I think for me it's due to temporary lactose intolerance that somehow stuck around forever after I got food poisoning at Subway (haven't eaten there since). Luckily, eating cheese and ice cream doesn't affect it. Yogurt shouldn't make you sick at all, by the way--yogurt has lactase, which actually aids in digestion of lactose. You probably knew that, though.

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  2. Yeah. Yogurt is less of a problem, but it still contains lactose and despite the helpful lactase, I find after eating a bunch of it I don't feel so hot. Not as bad as a glass of whole milk, or even a big chunk of cheddar cheese.

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  3. Hm...they don't list any of the asian soymilk brands. I guess it's really a different kinda beverage though, not so creamy...

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  4. Yeah, I noticed that too. I think it's also because these area all brands with at least one organic soy product in their line. I don't know that there are organic Asian soy milks readily available here in the States, though it seems like they'd exist?

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  5. I know this is a late response, but I guess the reason I never noticed that yogurt makes me sick is that I only ever have a little single-serving thing of it at a time.

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  6. Except for whey-containing cheeses like cottage or ricotta, cheese does not contain lactose. If that block of cheddar is bothering you, look into milk allergies--it could be the milk proteins that are the culprit.

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  7. Hmm... my (very limited research) has led me to believe that many cheeses do have lactose -- though the longer the cheese is fermented, the less it has. This explanation says anything aged over 3 months probably doesn't have much lactose left: http://www.chow.com/stories/10529

    Good thing I'm not a velveeta fan...

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