If you’re lactose intolerant, finding a solution to enjoying dairy is not an easy or inexpensive project. In this article, we’ll share the different lactose intolerance solutions we’ve tried and the ones that worked.
Trying to eliminate bad gas:
Over the years Steve has tried dozens of enzymes, home remedies, and Lactaid knock-offs in a search to allow him to eat yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy products without intestinal “repercussions.”
He tried apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon 20 minutes before eating dairy – it worked fairly well, was inexpensive, but very inconvenient—and it burned.
We tried various digestive enzymes (he found that this Nature’s Secret formula worked the best for him), which helped well with digesting heavy or fatty foods but were only marginally effective with dairy products.
He tried Pineapple Bromelain pills from Puritan’s Pride. These worked well if he didn’t eat a large helping of dairy.
Then we tried Lactaid – 3 little pills right before eating dairy and voila – no pain or issues. Except for the cost — about $12 for 120 capsules. That comes out to 10 cents per pill, but the recommended dosage is 3 pills or 30 cents per serving).
Trying to save money
In an effort to cut costs, we tried Walmart’s private labeled Equate version of Lactaid that costs around $6 for 60 capsules (also 10 cents per pill / 30 cents per serving) and they worked as well as the real Lactaid. AS you can see this really didn’t save any money, but the cost per package was less.
As Steve dug a little deeper he read that the amount of lactase in each pill was 3000 iu per pill. And that the recommended serving size was 3 pills or 9000 iu per serving.
Doing a little sleuthing Steve found that Costco sells a Kirkland brand of Lactase pill (but you can’t buy it on Costco’s website – only in the store. Several times when we’ve checked at our local Costco, their lactase pills were “out of stock.” Their box holds 180 capsules for about $20 / 11.1 cents per pill and appears to be a little more expensive.
Costco’s box holds 180 lactase capsules for about $20. This translates to 11.1 cents per pill, and appears to be a little more expensive than the Lactaid or Walmart brands . . .
But wait, the devil is in the details . . .
and boy were the details interesting!
Only One Pill? Huge Savings
However, if you read the nutritional information you’ll discover that the serving size of the Costco lactase pills was only ONE pill.
Why only one pill?
Because each pill contains 9000 IU of lactase!
That makes Costco’s Fast Acting Lactase WAY less expensive than Lactaid.
What’s the Bottom Line on Lactose Intolerance?
Bottom line the cost per serving of the Costco/Kirkland product is 11 cents versus 30 cents for the Lactaid / Walmart brand – a savings of 63 percent!!!
And the bonus is that Costco’s tiny pills come individually wrapped in a foil packet, which means less breakage and waste.
Reading and calculating the details can really make you more tolerant of saving money.
We’d love to hear how you save money on dealing with Lactose Intolerance – please post a comment – so others can have relief!
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