Food intolerances such as Gluten and Dairy are on the rise. So are these real….. and could you be intolerant?

Most babies have enzymes to be able to digest Lactose, the sugar in milk, but for many people this diminishes after the age of about 2 or 3. This means that a large proportion of the population are less able to digest milk products in large quantities. Symptoms of Lactose intolerance typically causes diarrhoea especially after cream or lattes, but for some people it can cause acid indigestion, constipation, and mucus in the throat or nose.

If you suffer from any of these try removing all milk, yoghurt and cheese for a week (be aware of bought sauces and soups) and see how you feel, then put it back in and note your reaction. You can substitute with Coconut milk (KOYO), or almond milk but I don’t recommend soya milk which can in itself cause digestive problems. You may find that your intolerance is small and you can eat real butter, some cheese and have Lactofree milk (which looks and tastes like real milk). But if your intolerance to dairy is higher then you may need to avoid all dairy and stick with milk alternatives and cheese alternatives such as VioLife. You can use coconut oil or olive oil in place of butter.

Next time we will look at Gluten intolerance clarifying the difference between this and coeliac disease.

For more info contact Sam on 07767260374


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