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Living with Lactose | Issue XV

Living with Lactose | Issue XV

September 2021 | Issue XV

Living with Lactose 101

The Digestion Diaries

Good evening Dairy Dreamers 🙇🏽‍♂️

Welcome back to the fifteenth instalment of 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 fifteenth weekly digestion diary, we’ve got bite-size history and science:

➕ Why milk is a relatively new invention and how this affects our ability to enjoy it 🐄

➕ Why drinking milk might have other advantages besides its nutritional value 🏆

➕ Our Indulgence of the Week: Baileys Irish Cream 🧉

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: Megan Mullally
American Actress
 
“I’ll quit coffee. It won’t be easy drinking my bailey’s straight, but I’ll get used to it. It’ll still be the best part of waking up.”
 
Milky Milestones: How We Got Here 🥛

 

There’s no question that the milk industry is changing, each year, alternative brands flood the market with their spin on milk.

Choice is never a bad thing, but it is important to look back at how we got to where we are today, and some figures to bear in mind, despite what may seem like a new milk revolution.

For example, global milk production has increased every year since 1998 in response to growing demand. Interestingly, this has no signs of slowing down, as the IFCN expect demand for cow’s milk to rise 35% by 2030, to a dizzying 1 billion tonnes 🥵

The first humans to enjoy milk regularly were western Europeans about 10,000 years ago, this may seem a while, but when comparing this against the 300,000-year history of our species, you can see why so many of us struggle to digest dairy 😅 evolution may be the name of the game, but we do like to take our time.

Since these early tasters were unprepared for lactose, and thus didn’t have any lactase enzyme to digest it, we can only imagine the writhing pain they must have been left with after such a delectable treat.

As evolution kicked in, some people began to keep lactase enzymes active into adulthood, whilst others, like many of us, did not. It is the result of mutations in a section of DNA that controls the activity of the lactase gene, meaning some of us can have milkshakes by the gallon, and others get queasy after a few sips.

As the first humans to enjoy milk regularly were western Europeans, they were also the first to gain lactase persistence, helpfully explaining why more creamy desserts and cheesy meals have originated in Europe than other continents.

 

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Dreamy Dairy 🐄

 

The greater question is why some groups that heavily rely on milk, such as east Asian herders in Mongolia, have some of the highest rates of lactose intolerance, despite how much they have of it.

This points to the fact that drinking milk can have other advantages besides pure nutritional value. Those that regularly live around livestock are exposed to diseases like cryptosporidiosis and anthrax, it’s likely that drinking cow’s milk provides antibodies against some of these infections.

Similarly, if we consider another mammal (us), breastfeeding is known to provide plenty of protection against infections and painful moments like vomiting, and diarrhoea, in babies.

It is also thought to reduce the risk of obesity and other diseases in later life.

 

Indulgence of the Week: Baileys Irish Cream 🧉

 

Everything in life has a criticism, for Baileys, it’s that the real milk used in such a heavenly drink limits it to a shelf life of 24 months. Though, let’s be honest, who’s keeping a bottle around for two years?

The initial formulation process took about 45 minutes, and included alcohol, cream, and the chocolate milk powder Nesquik! Since Baileys was introduced in 1974 as the first Irish cream, over 10 flavours have been released, such as Vanilla-Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, and, recently in 2020, Apple Pie!

 

 

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 🤩

 

Sources Used:

 

Michael Marshall, 'Why humans have evolved to drink milk' (BBC, 20 February 2019) <https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190218-when-did-humans-start-drinking-cows-milk> accessed 6 September 2021

BBC, 'Are there benefits to breastfeeding until the age of five?' (BBC, 30 May 2018) <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44301125> accessed 6 September 2021

Olivia Rudgard, 'Don't cut down on dairy for the environment, warn nutrition experts' (The Telegraph, 16 August 2021) <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/16/dont-cut-dairy-environment-warn-nutrition-experts/> accessed 18 August 2021