A Guide To Food Intolerance – Dairy Produce

A nutritionist guide to food intolerance for dairy products

So what is the problem with dairy produce? Well we may have been having dairy products from infancy and believe that they are good for us. They contain protein and minerals so they must be healthy? Nothing could be further from the truth! In my capacity as a nutritionist I see clients every week with health problems that can be attributed to cow’s milk.

If you suffer from digestive problems due to cow’s milk / lactose intolerance you are definitely not unusual. It is estimated that 3/4 of the world’s population suffer from food intolerance problems. Over 90% of all health problems can be related to the state of the digestive system. Therefore it is important to keep your digestive system functioning well and be aware of how a balanced diet and good nutrition can help your body and overall well being.

What are the symptoms of food intolerance for dairy produce?

• Abdominal bloating
• Abdominal cramps
• Nausea
• Mucusy stools
• Headache
• Diarrhoea
• A feeling of fullness
• A build up of gas
• Smelly stools
• Migraine
• Sinusitis
• Catarrh
• Hay fever
• Skin problems
• Eczema

Cow’s milk intolerance can cause serious damage to the mucous membrane lining of the gut. In relation to food intolerance milk has been implicated in:

Eczema
Psoriasis
– Sinus problems
Hay fever
Asthma
– Runny nose
– Catarrh
– Upper respiratory
– Tract infections
– Persistent cough
– Ear problems,
– Excess production of stomach acid
IBS
– Diarrhoea
Arthritis
Autism

My own food intolerance research as a nutritionist and experience in practice has convinced me that cow’s milk is usually tolerated in small amounts but is best avoided by most of us. If your digestion is dodgy or you have any of the above symptoms, either avoid cow’s milk altogether or keep it to a minimum and make sure that what you buy is organic.

Important nutritional facts about dairy produce

Dairy products are high in saturated fat, synthetic oestrogens, antibiotics and pesticide residue unless they are organic. Do you really want to subject your body to these harmful toxic products? The synthetic oestrogens lead to an overproduction of oestrogen in the body which accounts for today’s high incidence of hormone related cancers such as breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. These cancers can be prevented AND cured by cutting out all dairy products.

Milk is an animal protein. Milk contains calcium but if you consume a lot of dairy products, you will excrete much more calcium than you take in. Milk has been scientifically proven to cause Osteoporosis!!

It is a common misconception that dairy is a good source of nutrition and calcium for humans, as we are unable to break down lactose, the sugar in milk, which then leads to digestive problems.

It is interesting to note that breast fed babies absorb more calcium from their mother’s milk than from cow’s milk which contains four times as much calcium. What is crucial is how our body uses calcium as our systems were not designed to cope with the lactose in cow’s milk. Milk was meant for calves whose stomach were designed especially for it.

Good nutritional food sources of calcium are sesame and sunflower seeds, all vegetables especially the green leafy ones, nuts, fish- particularly the bones, brown rice, soya milk, oats, pulses, tofu and seaweed.

Food Intolerance: Watch out ‘hidden lactose’ which is often used as a sweetener/ filler in:

– Prescription and over the counter medicines (ask the pharmacist if you are unsure)
– Some health supplements
– Spreads, dips and dressings
– Convenience, packaged and preserved foods
– Desserts and sweet treats
– Packaged and canned soups
– Cereals, cakes, buns, biscuits, bread
– Any food that mentions casein, caseinate, whey, curd, lactalbumen, lactoglobulin
– Beware of low fat foods, e.g., cottage cheese and coleslaw, as they are very high in lactose
– Dairy-free food labels worth looking out for are- Alpro, Plamil, Rice Dream, Trufree, Vitasoy, Oatley
– Dairy- free ‘cheeses’ called Sheese made by Bute Island Foods are available from some supermarkets

Article submitted by
Wendy Ayers IIR MAR AMGNI ITEC
Nutritional Therapist, Sheffield

Date published
12/11/08

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