Dairy Intolerance – when lactose isn’t the problem

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I hate it when they just put lactose free lables on food products, which are actually free of dairy and I have to check the ingredients to see if it is actually dairy free or just contains lactose free dairy products, that’s just annoying, lactose free and dairy free are not the same! Just don’t use them as synonyms. Dairy free/ milk free is automatically lactose free, but not the other way around!

I’m dairy free, please don’t offer me lactose free milk, I can’t have any dairy. No I really meant dairy intolerance, not lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance would be a lot easier, as their seems to be a lactose free version of just about anything available in supermarkets.

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You’ve probably heared about lactose intolerance, but have you ever heared of dairy intolerance? While lactose intorance results from missing enzymes to digest the lactose, intolerance to dairy is in most cases a casein intolerance. Casein is one of the proteins found in milk and other dairy products, the other protein is whey, which you can also be intolerant to but casein intolerance is a lot more common.

So apparently a lot of people are lactose intolerance or lactose sensitive to some degree, so that seems to be a common thing and you can even get tested for lactose intolerance, but dairy intolerance not so much. There is no test!

The only way to know is, if you feel that your body is reacting after consuming dairy products, if you’re unsure what’s the cause you can do a food challenge (please speak to your doctor before doing this). But how does someone know if they’re intolerant to dairy? You need to aknowledge your body’s reaction to food. Listen to your body. The type of reaction can differ in each and every individual, so they are typically the type of symptoms which you can have from any food intolerance. Possible symptoms are: bloating, diarreoa, constipation, itching, akne, skin problems, bad taste in your mouth after consuming dairy ect., everyone get’s different symptoms and the symptoms can occure minutes, hours or even days after consuming the food, which can make it very difficult to point the trigger. For me a bad aftertaste from dairy was normal, it just was always like this for me, but just before figuring out that I am intolerant to dairy the aftertaste got maybe worse and somehow my thongue felt weired after consuming dairy and I just started disliking milk, it started tasting weirder and sweeter to me, I started to dislike my morning cappuccino, I couldn’t enjoy it anymore. At this point I started aknowledging my intolerance to dairy, I stopped buying dairy milk and slowly started giving up cheese, at some point I even thought maybe it’s just lactose intolerance, I was just hoping to get all those foods again that I used to eat, but after eating just a small amount of lactose free cheese I got a horrible acne breakout abou two days later, at that point I knew it was a proper dairy intolerance and eating any dairy was not worth it, with that acne and long healing process. And be careful with soy, if you’re intolerant to dairy you might also be intolerant to soy and soy isn’t even that helathy. Children allergic to dairy are often also allergic to soy, so there is a connection, for food intolerances there just isn’t any data, but you can kind of transfer the data from allergy studies to food intolerances, while they are different conditions, there are some similarities. If you’re intolerant to dairy you might be able to eat foods labelled: ‘may contain traces of dairy’, but that is entirely up to you.

The longer you are dairy free, the more you get used to it and the less you are going to miss it, there are so many plant based alternatives out there, you just have to find the right ones for you.

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