hold the cheese please

a dear friend and fellow blogger sent in a request which gave me some great material for todays post… THANKS T! {P.S. if you are ever wondering about something and looking for someone to digg up some info for you, hit me up!}

did you know between 30 and 50 million north american adults suffer with some degree of lactose intolerance?! holy cheese batman – that’s a lot of people!

so what is it really?

found right on the good ol’ government’s website:

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Not all people with lactase deficiency have digestive symptoms, but those who do may have lactose intolerance. Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet.

People sometimes confuse lactose intolerance with cow milk allergy. Milk allergy is a reaction by the body’s immune system to one or more milk proteins and can be life threatening when just a small amount of milk or milk product is consumed. Milk allergy most commonly appears in the first year of life, while lactose intolerance occurs more often in adulthood.

hmmm… pretty inneresting stuff huh?!

maybe you are a little worried that by cutting out your milk consumption you won’t be getting the calcium your body needs? don’t be… leafy greens, oysters, sardines, canned salmon, shrimp, and broccoli are just a handful of the other sources you can consume for calcium intake, in addition to calcium supplements and products like OJ with added calcium.

most people with low levels of lactose intolerance can handle about 2-4 ounces at a time without experiencing symptoms, lactaid can also be taken before consuming milk products to alleviate the usual symptoms

these items are a little easier to digest, as they have lower levels of lactose in them:
fermented milk products, like yogurt
goat or buffalo milk
almond, rice, & coconut milk don’t have any lactose

this part is especially for you T–>

Low-Lactose Cheeses:
Swiss
American
Roquefort
Provolone
Parmesan
Monterey Jack
Mozzarella
Gouda
Colby
Cheddar
Brick
Blue
Caraway
Gruyere
Fontina

High-Lactose Cheeses:
Sapsago
Ricotta
Cottage
Mysost
Primost

some food for thought – mammalian milk contains casein, whey AND lactose… i wouldnt jump the gun thinking your digestive issues and discomforts are stemming strictly from being lactose intolerant. one way to try to get to the bottom of things is by experimenting with an elimination diet which has the possibility to provide some useful evidence

and to finish off the deets – keep a close eye on the ingredient list of the products you are consuming

things that contain milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, nonfat dry milk, whey, whey solids or proteins, and casein, often contain some level of lactose in them

even crazier… things like baked goods, cold cuts, frozen meals, vitamins and a slew of other things you never really thought twice about having milk products in them actually do!

READ CAREFULLY if you want to feel better!!

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan on 2011/08/09 at 14:40

    I find it very interesting that some of the foods we eat, those that are supposed to be beneficial, can actually make us quite ill.

    Great blog, keep ’em coming!

    -Susan

    Reply

  2. I agree, Susan! I also think that many people don’t pay attention to the way their body reacts to different foods and just assume it’s normal to have a little tummy ache after lunch. here’s to body awareness and health!

    Reply

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