LACTOSE INTOLERANCE: If we looked at the natural world we would know we are the only living creature that continues to use milk into adulthood. We don’t even use human milk; we use milk from other animals. Apparently the way the animal produces it isn’t good enough, because we give the animals steroids and antibiotics to increase their production of a product that we don’t need in the first place. That leads us to lactose intolerance. While some of us may tolerate milk better than others, none of us tolerates it totally. Our digestive systems are engineered to quit processing milk at about 2 or 3 years of age. You can solve this problem by drinking milk with lactase, a digestive enzyme that helps to break down the milk. But isn’t this like taking your poison and its antidote together?
Lactose intolerance is an allergy and it has long been known that allergies cause a multitude of problems including behavioral problems. Here are some of the symptoms attributed to lactose intolerance.
Acne ADD & ADHD Allergies Alzheimer’s disease Asthma Constipation Diabetes Dyslexia Fever Blisters Gray Hair
Hair Loss Headache Herpes outbreak Indigestion Inner ear infection IBS Memory Loss Migraine headache
Osteoporosis Overweight Sinus Infection
If you are going to avoid milk products in your diet, you are going to have to work at it. More and more food manufacturers are supplementing their prepared foods with whey and other dairy by-products. There are the obvious foods to avoid such as milk and cheese (Can you eat anything that doesn’t have cheese on it nowadays?). Then there are the not so obvious foods such as chocolate (sweetened with lactose). You will find milk products (believe it or not) in lunchmeat and canned baked beans. Even “Non-Dairy” creamers have dairy in them.
Become an educated label reader when you shop for groceries. Such names as non-fat dry milk, whey, caseinate and lactose are milk products. Labeling laws allow some broad terms to be used if they are commonly used. For example, dough conditioner may be listed as an ingredient in rolls without listing all the ingredients in dough conditioner. This is a hidden source of milk so avoid using any food if you don’t specifically know the ingredients.
There are also lots of foods that don’t contain milk products. For breakfast, choose oatmeal and use soy, rice or almond milk on it. Have an egg or two. Eggs are classified under dairy but are not a milk product. Find bread with no milk, butter or whey in it and make a wide variety of sandwiches without cheese. How do you have a grilled cheese sandwich without cheese? Actually, it’s simple. Cheese substitutes now taste good and you will be able to find one you like. “Cheeses” are made from rice, soy and almonds. You will be able to find healthy substitutes for cream, milk, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and butter. Go for it and be on your way to better health.