July 2021 | Issue XII
Living with Lactose 101
The Digestion Diaries
Good evening Dairy Dreamers 🙇🏽♂️
Welcome back to the twelfth 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 twelfth weekly digestion diary, we’ll be diving into tapas and exploring:
➕ The debate around school lunches and how we can deal with children losing their ability to digest dairy easily 🥛
➕ How studies show this needs to be balanced out with the nutritional benefits (and tastiness) that dairy brings 😋
➕ Our Restaurant of the Week: Bar Estilo 🥘 & our Indulgence of the Week: Tapas 🍖
There's a million ways to enjoy one of the world’s most basic, yet important pleasures, pain-free. We're here to guide you and keep you informed every step of the way 🕺🏽
Quote of the Week: Joan Dye Gussow
“The matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement”
“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.”
School Lunches: Why Stress? 🤔
First introduced after World War II, free milk in schools has been credited with tackling malnutrition in the UK for over 70 years.
If we think back to our school days, we might remember the comforting, tasty and nutritious handouts of milk on a near daily basis – a staple drink that could give our young bodies everything we needed to learn, play, and develop.
Whilst this is certainly true for so many children, recently, there’s been a much brighter light shone on our inability to digest dairy properly as we get older.
Studies have shown that, whilst healthy infants usually exhibit high levels of lactase activity (the enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar in dairy), the post weaning period sees the emergence of 2 types: lactase deficiency and lactase persistence.
For the millions of us that become lactase deficient, our lactase production begins to gradually decrease some time during childhood. For this group, studies of children have indicated we approach adult levels of lactose intolerance around the ages of 7-10 years.
As such, from around the age of 7-10, our body’s natural ability to absorb dairy easily starts to go downhill…
This is where the debate surrounding giving milk to children at school begins. Whilst the original aim of the “free milk” scheme was to boost basic nutrition for children most in need, some professionals have argued that the programme overlooks minority ethnic communities and has the potential to peg children back in their day.
It is true that those from Black and Asiatic communities suffer from much larger instances of lactase deficiency, with up to 100% of some communities failing to digest dairy properly. However, as always, these struggles need to be balanced with the unique benefits that dairy brings.
Indeed, many of our customers buy our tablets for their children so that they can enjoy and absorb everything at dinner properly, alongside being able to enjoy the tastier things, such as ice cream, whilst they’re out and about with friends or family, enjoying the day.
Nutritional Brilliance: Why Milk Should Stay 🥛
Arguably one of the more important aspects of our relationship with milk is its taste and ease. Children (and many adults) are picky! There aren’t many things that deliver great nutrition, as easily, and as tastily, as milk.
Currently, there is no plant-based beverage that is nutritionally identical to milk and can replace the nutrition offered by milk without significant processing and fortification.
Dairy remains the world’s best option for calcium, a great choice of protein, and an easy way to access essential vitamins A, D and B12 (essential for healthy immune function). This makes it a huge contributor to calcium, iodine, and riboflavin intakes for children, all essential for healthy bodily function and to keep our spirits high.
Additionally, a recent study has linked declining milk consumption in US schools with negative health outcomes in later life. The study showed that regular milk consumption in childhood reduced risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, obesity, and cancer in adulthood.
These countless benefits and applications of dairy in our everyday life show why we’re so focused on absorbing milk properly. Illustrating why we felt it was so important to solve this problem, versus just avoiding it.
Taste, application, and nutrition are three of the reason’s dairy has been around for the hundreds of years it has. As a company, we want to make sure this enjoyment and nutritional masterclass doesn’t need to end anytime soon.
Restaurant of the Week: Bar Estilo 🥘
Bringing Hispanic culture and their relaxed approach to drinking and eating to London and Birmingham, Bar Estilo is a classic Spanish restaurant that has been making tasty tapas and paella for the last 21 years.
At a traditional tapas bar, 2-4 customers usually order around 10-12 plates, tasting a little bit of everything, from small bites like Manchego cheese to traditional tapas like patatas bravas. Giving a huge variety of Mediterranean flavours, from veggie options to meat and fish.
Indulgence of the Week: Tapas 🍖
We may have cheated a little bit by making tapas our indulgence of the week, as it actually applies to many hundreds of small dishes, eaten as an appetizer, snack or main meal, hot or cold. But as we’re here, we might as well dive into the Spanish history.
The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover”. In pre-19th century Spain, tapas were served in inns, hostels, and wine bars. Since few innkeepers could write and few travellers could read, inns offered their guests a sample of the dishes available, on a “tapa”, the word for pot cover in Spanish.
As Spaniards usually have dinner between 9-11pm, tapas usually work as an easy snack between finishing work and having dinner. Making tapas a perfect pairing with drinks in the evening, or, before a late lunch on weekends.
Until Next Time!
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! 🥳✨
See you next week Dairy Dreamers 🤩
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Richard A Forsgard, 'Lactose digestion in humans: intestinal lactase appears to be constitutive whereas the colonic microbiome is adaptable'  110(2) The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Christian Storhaug and others, 'Country, regional, and global estimates for lactose malabsorption in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis'  2(10) The Lancet - Gastroenterology & Hepatology