Actress Victoria Rowell Joins Lactaid(R) Milk to Encourage African-American Women To Be 'Healthy To The Bone'
- Rowell Reminds The 80% of African-Americans Who Are Lactose Intolerant(1)
to Enjoy Dairy Everyday -
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, an estimated 40% of African-American women in the U.S. over age 50 have either low bone mass or osteoporosis(2), where bones become increasingly brittle and painful. Consuming calcium-rich foods and beverages daily can help reduce the risk for these conditions, however there are limited options available for people who are lactose intolerant and experience stomach discomfort after consuming dairy-based products. Today, actress, author and philanthropist Victoria Rowell joins LACTAID(R) Milk, the nation's #1 lactose-free milk brand, to educate lactose intolerant African-Americans about the importance of calcium and Vitamin D and the products available to help manage symptoms easily and effectively. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070530/NYW013 ) "Lactose intolerance is a common condition for African-Americans. I am also lactose intolerant and used to avoid dairy because I did not want the stomach discomfort that followed," said Rowell. "Over the years, I have realized that avoiding dairy can put me at risk for osteoporosis. Products like LACTAID(R) Milk and LACTAID(R) Fast Act Dietary Supplements help me manage my lactose intolerance without eliminating dairy from my diet, putting my mind at ease about my bone health now and in the future. I also love that I can still enjoy my favorite foods with family and friends." People who are lactose intolerant -- a condition where the body is deficient in the lactase enzyme which breaks down lactose, the milk sugar in dairy foods and beverages -- often avoid dairy products altogether. According to the National Institutes of Health, African-American women consume only half of the recommended daily amount of calcium(3). As a result, these women run a higher risk of nutrient deficiencies that may affect bone health and lead to related conditions, like osteoporosis, later in life. The recommended intake of calcium for women 19-50 years is 1,000 milligrams a day. For women over 50, the recommended intake of calcium increases to 1,200 milligrams a day. Good food sources of calcium include fat free or lowfat milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. Products like LACTAID(R) Milk and LACTAID(R) Fast Act Dietary Supplements offer an important solution to lactose intolerant sufferers. This is particularly meaningful to African Americans since an estimated 80% are lactose intolerant(4). LACTAID(R) Milk is real, farm fresh milk that is 100% lactose free. LACTAID(R) Fast Act Dietary Supplements contain a lactase enzyme to break down lactose into easily digested simple sugars so that people can enjoy all of their favorite dairy foods and beverages. LACTAID(R) Brand products are available at most food, drug and mass stores nationwide. For more information on lactose intolerance and LACTAID(R) Brand products, visit www.LACTAID.com. About LACTAID(R) Brand LACTAID(R) Brand Milk and Dietary Supplements are marketed by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. LACTAID(R) Brand products allow people with dairy digestive problems to enjoy dairy products once more. LACTAID(R) Milk is 100% real milk that is lactose-free. It is available in whole, 1%, 2%, fat-free and calcium-fortified varieties and is perfect for drinking, cooking and baking. LACTAID(R) Fast Act Dietary Supplements, which are available in both caplets and chewables, naturally break down the milk sugar, lactose, to aid in the digestion of dairy foods. You can find out more about LACTAID(R) Brand Products at www.lactaid.com or by calling 1-800-LACTAID (bilingual assistance available). About McNeil Nutritionals, LLC McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is a global marketer of innovative nutritional products. The company's mission is to give people the ability to actively manage their own health. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, markets SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener, SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend, SPLENDA(R) Brown Sugar Blend, SPLENDA(R) QUICK PACK(TM) No Calorie Sweetener Pouches, SPLENDA(R) Flavor Blends for Coffee, VIACTIV(R) Calcium Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) Multi-Vitamin Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) for Teens Calcium Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) FLAVOR GLIDES(TM) Dietary Supplements, LACTAID(R) Milk and Fast Act Dietary Supplements, BENECOL(R) Spreads and SUN CRYSTALS(TM) Natural Sweetener. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is headquartered in Fort Washington, PA. About HP Hood LLC Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States. In 2004, HP Hood became HP Hood LLC when it acquired Binghamton, New York-based Crowley Foods, LLC, and Minneapolis, Minnesota- based Kemps, LLC, adding to Hood's portfolio of well-known national and super regional brands, as well as processing and distribution operations. Hood also has national and super regional franchise rights to process and sell extended shelf-life products including LACTAID(R) Milk, Nesquik, Coffee-mate, Stonyfield Farm Organic Milk, Arizona FRESH Iced Tea and Southern Comfort Eggnog. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com. (1) National Institutes of Health, Lactose Intolerance, March 2006, http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/lactoseintolerance/lactoseint ole rance.pdf (2) National Osteoporosis Foundation, Fast Facts (website), http://www.nof.org/osteoporosis/diseasefacts.htm (3) National Institutes of Health, Osteoporosis and African American Women, May 2006, http://www.niams.nih.gov/bone/hi/osteoporosis_african-amer_women.pdf (4) National Institutes of Health, Lactose Intolerance, March 2006, http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/lactoseintolerance/lactoseint ole rance.pdf
SOURCE McNeil Nutritionals, LLC
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