Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk produces. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose. In the small intestines the enzyme, lactase is deficient in breaking down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar forms glucose and galactose. When lactose is broken down into glucose and galactose it is allowed to absorb into the blood steam. Lactose intolerance develops over time and many do not show symptoms until early childhood or early adulthood.
Lactose intolerance is less common in northern and western European. It is more common in Africans, African-Americans, Native Americans and the Mediterranean populations.
Milk allergy is a reaction of the immune system to one or more milk proteins. The immune system mistakenly creates antibodies to fight the milk proteins. The antibodies create chemicals in the body that can result in skin rashes, headaches, nausea and or wheezing. Lactose intolerance and cow milk allergy are not the same. One most common allergy that children have is milk allergy. In some instances, some that are allergic to cow’s milk may also allergic to goat, sheep, buffalo and soy milk. Milk allergy is most common in cow’s milk. Milk allergies can appear in the first year of life. Lactose intolerance is the digestive systems inability to digest lactose. Milk allergy is an immune system disorder. If you have lactose intolerance or are allergic to milk it is recommended that you restrict or if possible eliminate dairy products from your diet. Consult with your doctor specialized in lactose intolerance and milk allergy for professional consultation. You can still enjoy your favorite meals but they have to be prepared differently.
Products containing lactose
Read the labels to be sure that the product is dairy free.
-Processed foods have been altered to increase their shelf life. Not only do they have preservative but contain levels of lactose:
-Bread and baked goods
-Processed breakfast foods: doughnuts, frozen waffles, pancakes, toaster pastries and sweet rolls
-Casein is a protein found in milk and foods containing milk. Cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream and some brands of margarine have casein. Casein can be added to non-milk processed products.
-Instant potatoes, soups and breakfast drinks
-Corn chips, potato chips and other processed snacks
-Liquid and powdered milk based meal replacements
-Protein powders and bars
-Non dairy liquid and powdered coffee creamers
-Non dairy whipped toppingsThe Paleo Dairy-Free Diet
Roast Pumpkin & Red Onion with Rosemary
½ butternut pumpkin, seeded and sliced
4 red onions, peeled and sliced
4tbs rosemary leaves, chopped
4tbs olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius, fan-forced.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin, onion and rosemary leaves on the baking tray and coat with olive oil.
Place tray in the oven and bake for 15-20minutes or until pumpkin has cooked and onions have browned. Serve.
Dairy free eat less carbohydrates and cooked foods and more lean meat, raw fruits and vegetables with protein.Health Benenfits:
Fruits and Vegetables
– Eating predominantly fruits and vegetables is a plant-based diet. Citrus fruits are rich is vitamin C a protector against a host of ills. Low risk of heart disease and lung cancer have been linked to leafy green vegetables, broccoli, and peppers are full of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is associated with lowered risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Leafy greens are also rich in vitamin C a protector against a host of ills. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene a carotenoid that may protect against several types of cancer. Not only are there high nutritional values but they keep your cholesterol level at a healthy level. Fruits and vegetables and some fish lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
– Especially salmon, halibut and tuna contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids “good” fat and lowers cholesterol levels.
(non processed) – Nuts are cholesterol free and eating one ounce per day reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Some studies suggest 4-5 servings per day may help lower blood pressure. Nuts are a great snack.
There are good fats and bad fats. Bad fats are considered hard or saturated fats found in butter and meat. Saturated fats cause plaque build up in the arteries. Unsaturated fats are plant derived fats constitute seed and vegetable oils. Unsaturated fats inhibit plaque build up decreasing heart disease. Additionally, unsaturated fats lower blood cholesterol and provides an essential source of omega-3 fatty acids. Beneficial claims of using olive oil are reduction of plaque build-up, lowering of blood cholesterol and reducing the risk of blood clotting and strokes.