By Michelle Tuffs and Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Remember the “Got Milk” days? Most likely if you have kids, you’ve got milk!
When I was growing up, my Uncle had a real working milk barn where we bottled fresh milk daily. I remember running down to the barn to grab a new bottle for my cousin and me to pour over our cereal! That’s just what we did growing up, but now as an adult, I’ve learned quite a number of negatives with dairy and of course, we’re going to discuss that bad word…Lactose!
So what is Lactose? Lactose is merely the natural sugar found in milk and dairy. Lactose is made up of two simple sugars and creates a molecule too large to be absorbed by the small intestine. Most of us are born with an enzyme produced in our small intestine called lactase, but when we are deficient in lactase, this causes lactose intolerance. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are a prime example of What Is Negative With Dairy! Bloating, gas, reflux, constipation or diarrhea are classic symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Casein and whey are both proteins found in dairy and affect each of us differently. Casein contains A1 beta which has been linked to type 1 diabetes, heart disease, autism, inflammation, and digestive problems. Popular alternatives to cow’s milk are sheep and goat milk which contain casein but far less than cow milk making them much easier to digest. Cow milk also contains whey protein which is considered a very sharp contrast to casein due to being easier to absorb to some people. Whey is usually recommended for infant formula and often found in nutritional supplements.
If you have found that Dairy is Negatively affecting your digestion and would like answers, make an appointment with Nutritionally Yours to find alternatives. We can also test you for a dairy intolerance and many other food intolerance reactions.
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