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Lose the lactose and the cholesterol and say love love love to Go Veggie®Lactose Free, America’s #1 cheese free choice.  These meltable, stretchable, loveable slices, shreds, and blocks let you eat all the cheesy foods you love while reducing your dairy and cholesterol. Look for GO Veggie!®Lactose Free products in the green packages and GO Veggie! Lactose Free, Rice Cheese in the blue packages.

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What does "lactose free" mean?

Lactose free products are not the same as dairy or casein free products. Products that are called “Lactose Free” do not contain any milk sugar, but they may contain casein, a lactose-free milk protein. If you are lactose intolerant (sensitive to lactose, the sugar naturally present in milk) we recommend you try our GO Veggie!® Lactose-Free cheese products in the green packages.

What does "lactose free rice" mean?

Our Lactose Free, Rice products are lactose free and made with rice ingredients for easier digestion. Lactose Free means the products do not contain any milk sugar, but they do contain casein, a lactose-free milk protein. If you are lactose intolerant (sensitive to lactose, the sugar naturally present in milk) and prefer not to have additional soy in your diet, we recommend you try our GO Veggie!™ Lactose Free, Rice products (in the blue packages).
More Lactose Free Facts

What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance refers to a condition in which an individual has an inability to digest lactose. Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance is caused when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called ‘lactase’. Because enzymes aid in the absorption of foods, not creating enough lactase leads to an inability to absorb or digest lactose. Lactose intolerance is very common in adults and is not dangerous.   More »

What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance refers to a condition in which an individual has an inability to digest lactose. Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance is caused when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called ‘lactase’. Because enzymes aid in the absorption of foods, not creating enough lactase leads to an inability to absorb or digest lactose. Lactose intolerance is very common in adults and is not dangerous.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that 30 million American adults have some amount of lactose intolerance by age 20. Lactose intolerance can begin anytime throughout the life span and can be brought on with bowel surgery, viral or bacterial infections in the small intestine, irritable bowel syndrome or intestinal diseases such as celiac. It is more common in people with African, Asian, Native American or Mediterranean ancestry.

Symptoms include abdominal bloating and cramping, diarrhea, gas and nausea and may occur anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking milk products. Symptoms are often relieved by not ingesting milk products.
(Source: National Institutes of Health)

Fortunately the condition is easily treatable and GO Veggie!®makes it even easier. With our full line of lactose free cheese and rice cheese alternative products, it’s easy to continue to live the life you love! So go ahead and slice some lactose free cheddar for your crackers. It has all the taste or milk cheese and none of the discomfort!

If I have a milk allergy can I eat a lactose free cheese alternative?

No. Lactose free is not dairy free. If you have been diagnosed with a milk allergy, you should choose our GO Veggie!®dairy free cheese products in the purple packaging. Why is this? Lactose free cheese alternative products have had the lactose removed from them; lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. But while the lactose has been removed, lactose free cheese alternatives may still contain casein, a lactose-free milk protein. Casein is found in foods that are derived from dairy ingredients. Put another way, removing lactose from a product does not remove the dairy.

The good news is that GO Veggie!®offers a complete line of dairy free cheese alternatives for you to enjoy. Simply visit our GO Veggie!®dairy free cheese alternatives products page to discover how dairy free is delicious. Dairy free products.

Tips for Living with Lactose Intolerance

Being lactose intolerant does not mean you have to give up the foods you love. Follow these simple, easy-to-do tips to continue living the life you love!

Keep a food diary. Many people with lactose intolerance are able to eat a certain amount of foods with lactose in them. The key is knowing your limit. By tracking what you eat, when, how much and how it affected you, you can discover how much is too much.
Choose lactose free cheeses. GO Veggie!®lactose free cheese alternatives will help keep you on track by reducing the amount of lactose in your diet. Best of all, the great taste of our lactose free products will never make you feel deprived.

Bring your lunch. Instead of trying to figure out if there is something on the menu that will work for you, take control and bring your own healthy and satisfying food. Visit the GO Veggie!®recipe pages to discover how to make great tasting lactose free foods.

Ask for help. When you do eat out, be sure to ask your server which foods contain milk. Avoid items with cream sauces or sour cream.
Read labels. Lactose can hide in prepared foods such as frozen foods, baked goods or dry mixes. Watch for ingredients such as “milk solids”, “dried milk”, “whey”, and “curd”, which contain lactose. Foods that carry ‘lactose free’ on the label, such as GO Veggie!®lactose free cheese products, are safe and do not require a further examination of the ingredients.

Cook lactose free. Stick to fresh ingredients and use fewer prepared foods. Visit our lactose free recipes pages to find satisfying, easy to make and great tasting meals. Recipes

The importance of lowering your cholesterol and how GO Veggie!®lactose free cheese and rice cheese alternatives can help!

We know it’s good to lower our cholesterol, but it’s easy to forget why it’s so important to do so. Why is high cholesterol so dangerous? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body. Everyone needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and certain substances that help you digest food. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but since cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat, you can get too much – a condition known as high cholesterol. While there are no symptoms for high cholesterol by itself, people who have high cholesterol have a greater chance of getting coronary heart disease, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries of the heart. Over time, the plaque hardens and narrows your coronary arteries, which limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart. An area of plaque can break off and mostly or completely block the flow of blood through the artery and a heart attack may occur. Lowering your cholesterol may slow, reduce or even stop the buildup of plaque in your arteries. If it’s been a while since your last cholesterol screening, now is a good time to ask your doctor if you are due.
(Source: American Heart Association)

The good news is that an easy way to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your diet is with GO Veggie!®lactose free cheese alternatives. Whether you choose our lactose free American slices or lactose free cream cheese, all our lactose free products are cholesterol free. Taste great and is cholesterol and lactose free? What more could you ask for?

Lactose intolerance in children: Getting the calcium they need from lactose free cheese alternatives

Your child’s (and your) need for calcium changes as they grow ranging from 200 mg when they are born, 700 mg during their toddler years, 1000 mg from 4-8 years and peaking it 1300 mg from ages 9-18 years. (Source: National Institutes of Health)

Worried that your lactose intolerant child won’t get the amount of calcium needed to build healthy bones? Put your worries to rest. GO Veggie!®lactose free cheese alternatives are a great source of calcium, providing roughly 300 mg of calcium per serving.. So go ahead! Whip up that old childhood favorite the grilled cheese and know that you are doing right by your child.