Lactose & Casein Intolerances

What is Lactose Intolerance?

 

 

Lactose Intolerance is an response to lactose molecules found in cows milk. This is caused by the body not producing enough of an enzyme called lactase to help it digest the enzymes. The symptoms are usually diarreah, bloating, irritability or dizziness, faniting, migraines or even astma. Supplementing lactase with lactase pills can help avoid the symptoms, but will not help with dairy intolerance which is totally separate automimmune disorder. Lactose avoidance is also a recommended option for sufferers

Do Lactose Intolerance Sufferers have to avoid all Milk and Dairy Products?

It depends on the individual and the severity of the symptoms. Most people find that they are unable to drink cow's milk but some are ok eating some foods with small amounts of cow's milk in, whilst other sufferers might not be able to at all. However, this does not necessarily mean having to avoid all milk products. For example goats milk can make a great natural alternative and can comfortably be consumed by cows milk allergy or sensitivity sufferers..Although goats milk, like cow's milk and human milk, contains low amounts of lactose, many people can drink it without any ill effect. This is primarily because of its in superior digestibility. Goats milk is more completely and easily absorbed than cow's milk, leaving less undigested residue behind in the colon to quite literally ferment and cause the uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance. Goats milk constitution is so digestable that it is not classified as dairy and that includes all its associated derivitive products such as cheese, yogurts and butter.
 
The nutrient composition of goats milk is very different to that of cows' milk. In addition to containing 13% more calcium than cow's milk, goats milk also has 25% more vitamin B-6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium and 350% more niacin. Goats milk is also higher in chloride, copper and manganese and contains 27% more of the essential nutrient selenium. Goats milk contains none of the controversial Bovine Growth Hormones (BGH) either and is very easy for our bodies to digest..

Goats milk is available in all major supermarkets in fresh or evaporated format and comes in full fat or semi skimmed versions. |It is also available in long life cartons There are several goats milk by-products such as butter cheeses and yogurts to choose from too, which like goats milk, are also easier for our digestive systems to absorb than cows milk equivilents.
 

 

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What are the Benefits of Goats Milk versas Cows Milk?

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The nutriant composition of goats milk is very different to that of cows' milk. In addition to containing 13% more calcium than cows milk, it also has 25% more vitamin B-6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium and 350%more niacin. Goats milk is also higher in chloride, copper and maganese and contains 27% more of the essential nbutrient selenium. Goats milk contains none of the controversial Bovine Growth Hormones (BGH) either and it is very eassy for our bodies to digest.

Goats milk is available in all major supermarkets in fresh or evaporated format and comes in full fat and semi skimmed versions. It is also available in long life cartons. There are several goats milk by- products such as butter cheeses and yogurts to choose from too, which like goats milk, are also easier for our digestive system to absorb than cows milk equivilents.

Can Lactose Intolerence Cause Collic in babies?

Yes. It is now known that one of the causes of colic in babies who are not breast fed is intolerance to Lactose found in formular milks and cows milk. This is quite simply because a baby's digestive system is too immature to cope with large lactose molicules which are not found in breast or goats milk equivilents./ Lactose intolerance in babies is therefore not necessarily permanent and cows milk can usually be reintroduced gradually in small amounts when they are toddler age or older, without problems. 

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What Alternative Milk Substitutes can be given to Babies and Children?

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Many practitioners recommend that children who have problems digesting cow's milk can change to vegetable protein soy milk instead. However, this is not always a solution. An Estimated 20-25% of children who are intolerant to cows milk cannot drink soy milk either. Goats milk on the other hand, is a natural milk alternative, full of nutrients and with a taste most children enjoy. It cvan be drunk saftely and comfortably evn if thehey are sensitive to both soy and cows milk.

Is there a connection between Lactose & Casein Intolerance & Celiac Disease?

 Many people who suffer from Lactose Intolerance or Casein Intolerance do not necessarily have celiac disease. However, it is very common for people with celiac disease to go on to devlop lactose or casein intolerances. This is due to the damage caused to the gut whilst a celiac is still eating gluten before celiac disease is eventually diagnosed. The villi in the colon flatten and not only will not absorb gluten containing food but also can stop absorbing some other nutrients as well such as casein protein or lactose.

What is Casein Intolerance?

It may also be that the sufferer is not lactose intolerant at all, but instead is one of the one in ten of people who are allergic to the major protein of cow's milk; alpha S1 casein protein. The symptoms are almost identical to those of lactose intolerance. Both goats milk and human milk lack this protein which means that goats milk can be a solution for both lactose and casein intolerant sufferers.

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Whilst Lactose intolerant sufferers may drink specially formulated Lactose Free cows milk, those with casein intolerance may not. They instead must refrain completely from cows milk in any format and cows milk products such as cheese, butter and yogurt if they wish to avoid the adverse symptoms. As with lactose intolerance, goats milk and its may by product derivatives can make a good natural alternative