Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, broken down by the enzyme lactase. The intolerance may constitute a problem with digesting lactose, casein (protein component of dairy), lipids or may be an actual dairy allergy.
Most people can tolerate small amounts of dairy. Research has shown that the majority of people with low levels of lactase can consume up to two cups of milk a day if consumed with food at meal times. In addition, other dairy foods such as butter (contains small amounts of lactose), cheese (virtually no lactose), and yogurt (generally well digested due to its natural bacteria cultures) can still be consumed in moderation by people who are lactose intolerant.
Evidence indicates upwards of 75% of the world's population have difficulty digesting dairy; in other words, are to some extent lactose intolerant. A small portion (less than 3%) is also estimated to be allergic to casein. Correct diagnosis is essential to ensure a person's diet is nutritionally sound and is not depleted or deficient in essential nutrients.
Causes of Lactose Intolerance
Dairy sensitivity is responsible for GI (gastro-intestinal) symptoms in millions of people, much more common in recent years with thousands of processed foods containing dairy derivatives. Dairy intolerance increases with age, thus symptoms do generally worsen.
Symptoms vary between individuals:
Consuming a variety of products, dairy and dairy-alternative, is healthy for anyone, lactose intolerant or not. Here are some examples of non-cows milk products:
At Brioche we purchase soy products that are free from genetic modification and use whole soybeans that are free from added sugar, malt and other additives. We often cook with organic soymilk, almond milk and rice milk because they're cholesterol and lactose free.
In western society today it is easy for people to replace dairy with soy products. It is important to remember however that not all soy products are created with equal nutrition. Over-consumption of soy products can lead to health problems developing with this food group as well. The trick to healthy eating is variety, ensuring to rotate between food groups when possible.
Organic Dairy Products
At Brioche we only use quality organic dairy products. Organic dairy farms are vastly different to conventional dairy farms.
Conventional dairy farms tend to utilise unnatural and intensive methods to feed and manage cows, pushing them into production levels beyond their natural capacity. High levels of protein in feed to stimulate rapid growth or milk production, routine use of antibiotics and intensive housing can each cause stress to the animals and cause health breakdowns.
On an organic dairy farm there are:
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