Lactose is a disaccharide sugar derived from galactose and glucose that is found in milk. Lactose makes up around 2–8% of milk, although the amount varies among species and individuals.
However, the inability of the enzyme lactase which is the digestive enzyme for lactose may lead to intolerance or allergy.
These two conditions most times present different symptoms. I have met several people who complain each time they drink lactose containing dairy products without the knowledge that they are actually lactose intolerant.
But lets look at the difference.
This explains that the body cannot lactose hence you begin to experience certain symptoms.
These symptoms are
- Abdominal cramps
- Coughing or wheezing
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy skin rash, often around the mouth
- Colic, in babies
- losse stool with blood
If you notice this each time you consume milk or any lactose containing food. Once you notice any of the above happening each time you consume milk, eliminate milk from diet and check again. If symptoms persist, then lactose isn’t the matter.
In this case, the immune system is affected. Symptoms are
- Constriction of airways, including a swollen throat that makes it difficult to breathe
- Facial flushing
- Shock, with a marked drop in blood pressure
What to do
Stay off lactose containing milk and reach out for low or non lactose-containing milk. Examples of such milk are :
Soy Milk (usually made with filtered water, whole soybeans, and evaporated cane juice). Soy milk contributes about 8 grams of high-quality protein, 1.5 grams fiber, 3.5 grams fat (0.2 grams omega-3 fatty acids), 11 grams carbohydrate, 290 milligrams potassium, 61 milligrams calcium (sometimes fortified with more calcium), 61 milligrams magnesium, and is usually fortified with vitamin D, B12, calcium, and riboflavin.
Almond Milk (usually made with purified water, evaporated cane juice, and almonds). Almond milk contributes about 1 gram protein, 1g fiber, 2.5g fat, 8 grams carbohydrate, 180mg potassium, and is fortified with calcium, and vitamins D, A, and E.
Rice Milk (usually made with filtered water, organic brown rice, safflower/ canola oil, and sea salt). Rice milk contributes about 1 gram protein, 0 grams fiber, 2g fat, and is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Oat Milk (usually made with hulled oat fragments, filtered water, and other grains and beans). Oat milk contributes about 4 grams of protein, 2 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, and 21g carbohydrates, and is usually fortified with vitamins A and D, calcium, and riboflavin.
With the above, you have a variety and still keep your calcium.
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