@prendrefeu: i seem to have the same kind of lactose intolerance as you: cheese etc. is fine but milk is not. Never heard of those pills though, sounds good. But i guess the effectiveness depends on the kind of symptoms you have, am i right? What symptoms do you have?
I just realized the OP is in the UK and you're in Holland lcoolb! Those pills are a few brand names available here in the United States, and that said they're found at the lowest price at a Target store. Not sure what the brands are available where you are, but you can ask around at a pharmacy. Over-the-counter type stuff is fine.
If I drink regular milk (without any lactase enzyme added), digestive track has very audible sounds of movement for the rest of the day, stool is very loose, lots of gas... yeah, it's not a pleasant feeling and has on occasion been "the end of the day" when I got caught unaware. Anyway, there are pills available.
I, too, *love* the taste and texture of milk... and I still drink milk everyday! I just happen to drink Lactose-free milk
Check are your local market, they may have some available, various brands of milk are available, organic or otherwise. I've never purchased milk during my stays in the UK, my family over there usually covers everything and I end up just buying odd's and end's for dinner ingredients at the end of the day, so I have no idea whether markets there carry it, but I assume they would. It tastes *exactly* the same. Same texture, same everything. It cooks the same too, if you need milk as an ingredient. Friends who are not lactose intolerant have drank it and can't tell the difference at all.
As an aside, this evening I went shopping for the week and bought a small carton of regular milk to test something out: If I grind up and drop in one or two of the lactase enzyme pills into the milk (then shake the carton for mixing), in theory the milk will then be lactose free. Enzymes are not quantity dependent (basic science) - just a little bit will continue to work until there's nothing left to work through. I'm going to try this experiment this week and report whether it's successful, or whether I spent the rest of the day listening to a shifting stomach.
Regular sources of protein such as meats, eggs, etc:., won't affect you at all.
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