Are You Lactose Intolerant? | Symptoms & Dairy-Free Foods


By Myprotein Writer

Alex Simpson

Does that milky protein shake make you feel bloated? For many people when they become diagnosed with lactose, its easy for them to eliminate dairy and move on with their lives.

However, those of us that are living in the fitness world know that there is a great amount of dependence on dairy for training. The most common food sources of dairy are cheese, milk and cream – but not a lot of people consider that it also means protein powder, protein bars and lots of other whey products.

No more protein shakes?

The main type of protein shake that is used in whey protein, which is a form of pure protein that originates from milk and is a byproduct in cheese making. This is a beloved way for bodybuilders, athletes and gym goers to get their protein due to it being quick and easy.

Another option is casein protein, but again this is a product of milk, therefore it’s a huge no-go for those that are lactose intolerant.

lactose free milks

Dairy-free protein powders

But there are other options! Brown rice protein, Pea protein, Hemp protein & Soy protein.

Take soy protein for example – it is less ‘bio-available’, therefore meaning that it is harder for the body to utilise for muscle building and in turn is lost as water.

Pea protein is more bio-available and contains all the amino acids that you will need – with less carbs (BONUS!). However, supplementation isn’t the only method of getting your protein in. While they are great and they save a lot of hassle and washing up in the kitchen, they shouldn’t be your sole source of protein.

There is still the beloved chicken, fish and dairy-free alternatives. This will enable you to build muscle without the need for whey. While it is important to be getting your protein in it doesn’t mean that you can neglect your calcium intake either. Calcium can be found in vegetables also – yes veg!

Are You Lactose Intolerant? |


? Wind

? Diarrhea

? Bloating

? Stomach cramps

? Nausea

The severity will all depend on the amount of lactose that you have consumed. While some can have a glass of milk and not get any symptoms, others can’t even handle it in their tea. One in five of the population are affected by the intolerance and affects all ages.

The Cause of Lactose Intolerance

Within dairy products there is the sugar lactose. Within the human body the enzyme lactase is used to break down the bonds of glucose and galactose that make up lactose.

However, in those that are lactose intolerant there aren’t enough of these enzymes to break it down. When it isn’t broken down it gets passed into the large intestine where bacteria ferment it into gas and acids (a.k.a farting).

Symptoms like wind, bloating and diarrhea are common after 30 mins – 2 hours of consumption.

Lactose product Swap
Milk Soy, almond or coconut milk
Butter Lactose-free margarine, coconut oil
Chocolate Dairy-free Chocolate
Cheese Soya cheese
Yoghurt Soya yoghurt
Ice cream Sorbet, dairy-free ice-cream

Lactose-Free Recipes

Dairy free truffles | Serves 15


15g Coconpure Coconut Oil

1 ½ Scoop Soy Protein PowderALMONds

20g Ground almonds

1 Tbsp soya milk (add more if needed)

Desiccated coconut (decoration)


1) Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix.

2) Roll the balls into the coconut.

3) Lay a piece of baking sheet into onto a plate.

4) Roll 15 small balls from the mixture and place them on the paper.

5) Place in the freezer for 1 hour.

Dairy-Free Protein Pancakes

2 scoops Soy Protein Powderinstant oats

300ml Almond milk

60g Instant oats

Baking powder

1 Whole egg

Non-stick spray


1) Mix all the ingredients together.

2) Spray the frying pan with non-stick cooking spray.

3) Cook until both slides are golden brown.

4) Top with any fruits you wish.

Take Home Message

Having to remove all dairy from your diet might have you worrying about hitting your protein intake and harming your gains. However, we have come a long way since the Stone Age!

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.



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