Can you get enough if you’re lactose intolerant?

You’ve heard for years about the importance of getting enough calcium in your diet. But what if you’re lactose intolerant? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get enough calcium while also avoiding lactose. Incorporate non-dairy calcium sources into your diet, such as fortified soy milk, fortified orange juice, tofu processed with calcium, canned salmon and almonds. Drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme supplements. Try cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss, which are low in lactose.

If you can’t get enough calcium from food, you may need a calcium supplement. Talk to your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for more information.