There are lactose intolerances, casein allergies and milk allergies. Each is a different allergy or intolerance. To alleviate symptoms milk and milk derivatives have to be removed from both diets. Some processed foods can contain lactose. Casein can be found in processed foods, binding in vitamins, cosmetics and adhesives. Product labels should be read carefully to verify that they are lactose and casein free.
Lactose intolerance is less common in northern and western European. It is more common in African, African-American, Native American and Mediterranean populations. 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.
Casein is a primary type protein found in milk and milk derivatives. Some manufactured foods can contain casein. Casein allergy is more common in children than adults. Casein allergy is an immune system disorder. Symptoms can be rashes, eczema and stomach cramps. More severe reaction can occur. Note that manufactured foods may contain casein. Read the labels and check for casein-free products.
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.
Products containing dairy products and or lactose :
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
-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 toppings
-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.
Many everyday products contain Gluten or Casein
-Food additives, malt flavoring, modified food starch and etc.
-Many vitamins and medications use gluten as a binding agent
-Lipstick and lip balms
-Postage stamps (only used the self adhesive
The modern Paleo diet contains foods originally eaten in man’s evolution. Paleo diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, poultry and lean meat. The modern Paleo diet is gluten free, dairy free and preservative-free nutrition that will improve and maintain optimal health. Over processed laden foods are now linked to causing the many diseases we are faced with today. Healthy and nature foods are the ultimate secret to optimal health, losing weight and staying lean.
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