Greetings friends. Lots of you have been asking me for more information on lactose intolerance and lactose free products. Seems some folks are a bit confused as to what lactose intolerance is, what an allergy to dairy is and why lactose free products are ok for people with lactose intolerance. In my practice I come across this type of condition most everyday. People with digestive problems that they can not seem to isolate like gas, bloating, cramping etc may in many cases be caused by lactose intolerance and can be easily eliminated by choosing a lactose free product. I have been recommending and using Liddell’s Lactose Free products for a fair while now as I am also lactose intolerant! So I know what I am talking about not only from a therapeutic aspect but also from a consumer aspect. First up, let’s gain a brief understanding of what lactose intolerance is and why it occurs.
So What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products. Lactose intolerance is inability to digest milk sugar. The intestinal wall is not able to make the digestive enzyme lactase, which is needed to split lactose into glucose and galactose. Galactose is rapidly converted in the liver to glucose making much more useful to the body and more easily digested. When the lactose is not split, it remains undigested in the intestinal tract; retains fluid; and ferments in the colon, producing gas, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramping.
Why Are Lactose Free Products ok?
These products contain the enzyme Lactase which, as you will have read above, splits the lactose into glucose and galactose both of which are easily digested and used by the body. This therefore renders the product acceptable for people with lactose intolerances.
What’s the Difference Between Lactose Intolerance and Dairy Allergy?
Milk allergies and lactose intolerance are not the same thing. A milk allergy is caused by a malfunctioning immune system. The immune system identifies milk proteins as harmful “invaders” and releases antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies into the bloodstream. These antibodies then release a chemical called histamine, which causes milk allergy symptoms. Lactose intolerance is caused by the stomach’s inability to properly digest lactose, which as you know by now is sugar found in milk. Your small intestine doesn’t produce enough of the enzyme lactase and as you know from the information above, this makes breaking down lactose difficult and thus the symptoms are created.
The symptoms of milk allergies and lactose intolerance are somewhat similar but there are some noticeable differences.
The symptoms of a milk allergy include a variety of systems including;
- skin irritation and hives
- stomach ache
- runny nose
- watery eyes
Symptoms of lactose intolerance are primarily gastrointestinal-related;
- stomach aches
Liddell’s Lactose Free Products
Ok so now that you have an understanding of what is going on inside of you it is not all gloom and doom for those of us that still like to indulge in a little bit of dairy once and a while. Liddell’s have been producing lactose free milk since 1996 and are part of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative, a 100% Australian farmer owned dairy co-op. So when you buy Liddells lactose free products you’re not only benefiting your family, you’re helping Aussie farmers too and I don’t know about you but I kind of like that. Of course over time their range has grown to include lactose free milk, yoghurt, reduced fat ice cream, vanilla custard, cheese, cream cheese and cream. Just about everything you’ll need. You’ll find their products in Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Supa IGA supermarkets right across Australia so there is sure to be some available near you. The pricing is reasonable and if you can’t get something then ask as most places will get it for you. The reports from clients I have recommended Liddell’s to are all positive for taste etc and I can honestly say that I struggle to taste the difference myself and I have been lactose intolerant for many years. You can find out more about Liddell’s lactose free dairy products here http://www.liddells.com.au
Well I hope this has shed some light on this condition for you and given you a place to look for some new products to help you change your well being for the better. Dairy as we know is a good source of calcium so why miss out on that because of lactose intolerance when you don’t have to. Take a look at Liddell’s website and enjoy!
Until next time, be well naturally.
Craig Hitchens – Natural Health Practitioner.
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