Unless you are one of those who cannot tolerate lactose, you probably never gave much thought about your dearies. I mean, why would you right? Well did you know that lactose intolerance can developed at any age? Yep, that’s right. Because you don’t have a problem with your milk now, doesn’t mean it’ll stay this way. I don’t mean to scare you off, I just think that the more you know the better!
There are some important distinction to make between Lactose Intolerance and Lactose Maldigestion. The latter is a normal pattern of physiology that often begins that often begins to develop at about 3 to 5 years old. This primary form is estimated to affect 75% of the world population and consists of abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea after consuming LARGE amounts of lactose although not everybody will experience symptoms. When significant symptoms are developed after any lactose intake, it is called Lactose Intolerance. All this is caused by a decreased lactase production which is needed in order to properly digest lactose.
Here’s what you can do that will help:
- Most people can tolerate 1/2 to 1 cup of milk with meals.
- Combine your lactose-product with other foods to slow the digestive process and give more time for Lactasa action.
- Combine with higher content fat food, slowing even more the digestion.
- Hard cheese is usually easier to digest, due to the loss of most lactose in its production.
- Yogurt is also easier to digest because of the bacteria cultures.
- Try low-lactose milk
- Lactase pills are available if needed (consult your dietitian first)
I also wanted to talk about the many alternatives to Cow milk, because they are super tasty and are the perfect substitute.
- one of the more cost-effective milk alternatives;
- high in protein
- strong, distinctive taste
- high in protein
- high in “good fats” and Vitamin E
- blends well in coffee, baking, etc.
- Here’s a home-made recipe by a fellow blogger!
- very sweet (esp. vanilla)
- low in protein
- very watery texture
- decent amount of protein
- watery texture
- similar to Hemp Milk (protein and texture)
- mild nutty taste
So I hope this was helpful, and have fun experimenting with all those different milk varieties!
Do you have a favorite cow milk alternative?