Is it possible to have lactose free cows milk whilst on an anti-candida diet – if not why not please?
Milk is restricted from the yeast infection diet primarily because of its high sugar content in the form of lactose. Secondly, milk can have an acidic effect on the body despite it’s calcium content because of the animal proteins it contains.
There are alternatives to cow’s milk out there and even lactose-free versions, however, when deciding if any of these milk substitutes are right for the Candida diet, we need to take a look at the ingredients as they can sometimes be just as high in sugar as regular milk.
Milk Substitute Sugar Content
- Lactaid Lactose Free Fat Free Milk: 12 grams of sugar/cup. (These milks really aren’t lactose-free but contain the enzyme lactase to help with digestion.)
- Vitasoy Complete Vanilla Soymilk: 3 grams of sugar/cup (sugar added).
- Pacific Unsweetened Original Organic Soymilk: 2 grams of sugar/cup.
- Silk PureAlmond Almond Milk: 7 grams of sugar/cup (sugar added).
- Almond Breeze UnSweetened Almond Milk: 0 grams of sugar/cup.
- ShopRite Organic & Lactose Free Original Rice Milk: 15 grams of sugar/cup (sugar added).
- RICE DREAM® Original: 11 grams of sugar/cup.
- Tempt® Hempmilk: 6 grams of sugar/cup (sugar added).
- Tempt® Hempmilk Unsweetened: 0 grams of sugar/cup.
As you can see, just because a product isn’t real milk, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better sugar wise as many milk substitutes add sugar. Lactose-free cow’s milk is just false advertisement. Therefore, the best choices would be unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened hemp milk, with unsweetened soy milk coming in third.
I’ve heard good things about hemp protein, so this might be the best overall choice if you can find it. So no, I wouldn’t recommend lactose-free cow’s milk on a yeast infection eliminating diet, but there are some good milk substitute alternatives.
Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.