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Living with Lactose | Issue VII

Living with Lactose | Issue VII

June 2021 | Issue VII

Living with Lactose 101

 

Good Evening Dairy Dreamers 🙇🏽‍♂️

 

Welcome back to the seventh instalment of our weekly series, Living with Lactose!

 Here’s to another week full of advice, tips and hints on aiding your digestion and helping our tastebuds explore - letting us all seize the day 🐮

 In our sixth weekly series, we have a little bit more of a scientific one as we’ll be exploring:

➕ The rising claims regarding intolerances and the crucial differences between them and allergies 🤢

➕ How lactose intolerance is not exclusive to us, introducing others that share our love (and pain) for all things dairy 🐈

➕ Our Restaurant of the Week: Heart Attack Grill 🤨 & our Indulgence of the Week: The Cheeseburger 🍔

There's a million ways to maximise one of the world’s most basic, yet important pleasures, and we're here to guide you and keep you informed every step of the way 🕺🏽

 

Quote of the Week:

 “Coffee in England is just toasted milk.”

 Christopher Fry (Poet & Playwright)

 

Food Everywhere: What Doesn’t Hurt Us 🤢

 

The NHS claim that the number of people who believe they have a food intolerance has increased dramatically over the years.

 Whilst the NHS believe it is hard to tell how many people are truly affected, citing the very real possibility one may assume they have a food intolerance when the true cause of their symptoms could be something else, at Leaving Lactose, we believe this is the effect of society becoming more aware of them and thus, better at diagnosing them.

 A useful illustration of this is the fact migrants appear to show a higher prevalence of asthma and food allergy in their adopted country compared to their country of origin. This has also been cited as a justification behind environmental and social factors being a part to play in our intolerances, this can be especially evident when you think about how much dairy is consumed in Western culture!

Issues with dairy digestion in particular can certainly be felt more by those outside the EU, as the majority of Africa, Asia, and South America suffer from high levels of lactose malabsorption that regularly affect up to 100% of the population, like in South Korea and Ghana.

 Additionally, the BBC claim that around the world, people are far more likely than ever before to develop food allergies.

 These triggers cause about 90% of food intolerances and allergies:

 ➕ Nuts (peanuts & tree nuts such as walnuts, pecans and almonds) 🥜

➕ Fish & Shellfish 🎣

➕ Milk 🐮

➕ Egg 🥚

➕ Sulphites 🥫

➕ Wheat 🍞

 The most common food intolerance is lactose intolerance.

 Sulphites are an additive in food, if you’re sensitive you may struggle with canned and frozen fruits/vegetables, juices, cereal and other dehydrated foods or condiments.

 Certainty Is Nice: Intolerances vs. Allergies 😷

 

Whilst physical reactions to certain foods are common, most are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy.

As the symptoms of both can often overlap, people have been known to confuse the two terms. 

A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body, causing a range of symptoms between severe or life-threatening. If you have a food allergy, you’ll need to stop eating the food altogether.

In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are generally much less serious and are often limited to digestive problems. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble.

This is true for many of our customers, whilst some get a wave of pain after the smallest of bites, others may only notice pain after a big pizza or extra creamy dessert.

 Meow! Lactose Intolerance Amongst Mammals 🐈

 

Whilst a cat will always happily take as much milk as you’re willing to give it, they’re actually lactose intolerant!

Science Focus debunked many myths surrounding how important milk is for cats. Helpfully noting that kittens, like all infant mammals, are born able to digest lactose easily as the sugar is so valuable in their early years. However, when an adult cat drinks milk, the indigestible lactose in its gut can start to ferment, causing an upset stomach!

It’s nice to know our furry friends feel our pain 🥰

 

Restaurant of the Week: Heart Attack Grill 🙃

 

Heart Attack Grill is as pure a form of American excess as you’ll be able to find anywhere on the planet. It makes a point of serving food that is very high in fat, sugar, and cholesterol 🤢 becoming famous for allowing customers over 160kg to eat free and for its “Octuple Bypass Burger”, that comes up to 8000 calories 😵.

The whole establishment is in a hospital theme, with waitresses dressed as nurses and customers as patients, anyone that finishes a triple or quadruple bypass burger is put into a wheelchair and wheeled out to their vehicle!

 

 
Indulgence of the Week: The Cheeseburger 🍔

 

As soon as the Great Plains of the United States opened up for cattle ranching in the late 19th century, most Americans were able to eat beef almost daily.

As a consequence of this, the cheeseburger has been an American staple since the late 1920s. It’s widely regarded that the cheeseburger originated in California, with a 16-year-old cook called Lionel Sternberger claiming to have “experimentally dropped a slab of cheese on a sizzling hamburger”. The first menu listing a cheeseburger was later seen in 1928 at O’Dells in Los Angeles.

 

See You Next Week!

 Dairy is such an unavoidable and enjoyable fact of life we started a business just so we could focus on it 😎 supplying high quality lactase tablets that ensure you’re prepared for any indulgence, and any occasion, that life might throw at you! 🥳✨

We hope we’ve managed to give some dairy enlightenment with the world finally opening up!

 See you next week Dairy Dreamers 🤩

 

Studies Used:

 

Baltica Cabieses and others, 'A Systematic Review on the Development of Asthma and Allergic Diseases in Relation to International Immigration: The Leading Role of the Environment Confirmed' [2014] 9(8) PLoS one

Alexandra Santos, 'Why the world is becoming more allergic to food' (BBC, 13 September 2019) <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46302780> accessed 17 June 2021

John Bradshaw, 'Why can’t cats drink milk? Plus 6 other feline myths' (Science Focus, 20 May 2019) <https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/why-cant-cats-drink-milk-plus-6-other-feline-myths/> accessed 17 June 2021

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/food-intolerance/