July 2021 | Issue X
Living with Lactose 101
Good evening Dairy Dreamers 🙇🏽♂️
Welcome back to the tenth 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 tenth weekly series, we’re exploring how dairy is a dream for our digestion when we don’t need to worry about lactose:
➕ Why quitting dairy can negatively impact your gut health 🦠
➕ The essential nutrients dairy provides and the best ways to re-introduce it back into your diet 😇
➕ Our Restaurant of the Week: The Cheesecake Factory 🌇 & our Indulgence of the Week: The Cheesecake 🍰
There's a million ways to enjoy one of the world’s most basic, yet important pleasures, pain-free, and we're here to guide you and keep you informed every step of the way 🕺🏽
Quote of the Week: Anonymous
Delightful Dairy: Providing Pain or Pleasure? 🤔
One of the many benefits of letting such a simple food-source become such an important staple in our lives is the research and scrutiny that comes with the popularity.
Dairy digestion, in particular, is a subject that has been closely studied for years, with researchers like Dr Dennis Savaiano, professor of Nutrition Policy at Purdue University, having spent four decades studying lactose digestion, pioneering studies in the 80s that have highlighted the extent of global lactose intolerance (70%), despite the great importance and popularity of the dairy industry.
There’s good reason behind this painful curiosity as so many of us have a vested interest in our digestion. Around three-quarters of the world’s population fail to digest lactose properly. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean we all suffer the same, the severity of symptoms arising from this can vary like a sliding scale, ranging from uncomfortable bloats to excruciating stomach cramps.
Remember that lactose isn’t everything that milk contains, it’s just the sugar inside it.
As such, it’s crucial we separate the difficulties that lactose delivers and balance them against the nutritional benefits that dairy provides.
Of course, for any of our new subscribers, it’s also great to know that our dairy digestion tablets handle the lactose in dairy for you. Giving your stomach a much-needed rest and allowing your digestion to benefit from everything that dairy brings, without lactose ruining the day.
Nutritionally Nurtured: What’s Missing 😬
We’ve previously discussed colonic adaptation; this is the way in which we can gradually train our bodies to digest dairy properly. It works because the bacteria in our colon need to be fed in order to survive, they almost work like a really effective sponge, the more of a certain type of food we give our gut, the better equipped it is for handling it next time.
The same applies to our gut bacteria’s ability to produce lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose and the main ingredient in our tablets). Whilst many of us will never reach the levels of natural lactase activity we want, or enjoyed as a child, the more dairy we give our gut, the more lactase it will produce, making it easier for us to enjoy what we love with no hesitation.
Importantly, this means that families that have decided to fully phase out dairy in the household, for example, by replacing cow’s milk with Oatly, will likely face an increased shock when they travel to a restaurant and have a cheesy meal or creamy dessert, as their bodies just haven’t been used to it!
Our Gut Health
As mentioned, our digestive tract contains many different types of bacteria, mostly good, with a few bad. A lot of our favourite dairy items, like Greek yoghurt and Actimel, are filled with probiotics and helpful bacteria which improve and sustain our gut health.
In the absence of dairy and in light of any other food sensitivities, we should always keep the need for probiotics in mind and make steps to introduce them where we can, as they’re so important in keeping our gut stable.
Dairy is a perfect source for so many nutrients, remaining the world’s best option for calcium and packing protein with vitamins A, D and B12.
B12 is especially necessary for regulating the immune system and helping the body fight bacteria. Lacking B12 is a common reason for feeling weaker and getting sick more easily, as our body is more susceptible to unwanted illnesses.
This beautiful combination is also why dairy is so great for our bones, with milk being linked to higher bone mineral density, helping reduce the risk of fractures as we get older.
Dairy has also been linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
A useful reminder as to why eliminating dairy can prove so troublesome. As no one should be missing out on their intake of these essential nutrients, we need to make sure any gaps are plugged.
Here To Stay: Are Re-Introductions Necessary? 😷
At Leaving Lactose, our product is designed to let you jump back into the deep end and indulge in as many dairy adventures as you can set your eyes on. Our premium strength tablets are designed with sensitivity in mind, ensuring that no matter how long it’s been since your stomach has seen dairy, it’s got what it needs to handle it care-free.
We also know that we may not always be there to save the day, so if you’re planning to build up your tolerance to dairy without our tablets, start small, a quarter-cup of milk, a few times a day, should help your body become acquainted with dairy again.
However, it’s important to note that we’ll never be as good at digesting dairy as we were when we were children, this is because our natural lactase production gets worse with age.
No one deserves to have meals, drinks or desserts locked away from them because of how their bodies feel. That’s why each week, we give all the help we can to keep your digestion in the best shape possible.
Simply known as “CAKE” on the New York Stock Exchange, The Cheesecake Factory is an American restaurant chain and distributor of world-famous cheesecakes.
Known for huge portions, engaging menus and signature cheesecakes, the company now operates 206 restaurants. The dessert menu offers 35 cheesecake flavours, whilst their dining menu includes an astounding 250 items all made from scratch to order. At Leaving Lactose, we think the classic graham cracker crust beats the British digestive biscuit base all-day long, and we’re hoping you all agree.
Indulgence of the Week: The Cheesecake 🍰
The main, thickest layer of cheesecake is a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs and sugar, giving it its distinctive taste and texture.
Whilst a recipe for an ancient form of cheesecake was written about by the Greek physician Aegimus in the 5th century BCE, the cheesecake didn’t grow its wings until around the 18th century, when Europeans began to remove the yeast and replace it with beaten eggs.
With the unmissable yeast flavour gone, the cheesecake finally began resembling the dessert we all know and love.
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 🤩