Lactose & Casein
There are 30 to 50 million Americans that are lactose and or casein intolerant. Many people naturally lose the ability to digest lactose as we grow into adulthood. Ethnicity plays a role in many cases. As many as 90 percent of Asian Americans and 75 percent of African Americans and Native Americans are lactose intolerant. Only 20 percent of the Caucasian population are affected.
Lactose is in many prepared foods, and even a little can kick up your symptoms. Lactose is included in many breads, processed breakfast cereals, instant potatoes, soups, margarine, lunch meats, pancake mixes, cookies, and powdered coffee creamers (even some labeled non dairy). To sniff out lactose, scan labels for these ingredients: milk, lactose, whey, curds, milk byproducts, dry milk solids, and nonfat dry milk powder.
Lactose is the base for more than 20 percent of prescription drugs and about 6 percent of over-the-counter medicines, although these products usually only affect people with severe lactose intolerance. Some common drugs include many types of birth control pills and tablets for stomach acid and gas. Ask your pharmacist whether medications you take regularly contain lactose.
Casein is the protein found in cows milk. The symptoms are very similar to lactose intolerance but can also be more severe, some people even having anaphylactic reactions. Respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, sneezing, runny nose) are also an issue here. The symptoms are also very similar to those of Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. If you are casein intolerant you must avoid all dairy products, including many additives that are in many processed foods.
In the scientific and nutritional communities, there are reasons to suggest that casein, a milk protein, is linked to cancer development in some animals and humans. Some studies have shown that casein and cancer are linked in rats, yet it is unclear if these findings hold true in the human population. Nutritional research that studies the correlation between casein and cancer has generalized findings to suggest that all animal protein helps cancer flourish.
So if so many are affected it makes you wonder what producers/manufacturers are thinking. They are depending on the pharmaceutical companies to manufacture drugs to offset the impact of lactose/casein intolerance! Those drugs have definite side affects as well; read the label and check it out!
We Can Help!
No, we cannot 'cure' your lactose/casein intolerance BUT we CAN help you identify and learn how to prepare excellent lactose/casein free foods and guide you in your selections of lactose/casein free products. With the recent evidence that a Plant Based Lifestyle can not only promote better health & wellbeing, it also is a lactose/casein free way of eating. Otherwise often known as a nutritional vegan diet, a Plant Based Lifestyle will relieve you of the stress and discomfort ot avoiding food/product contamination of lactose and casein.
It isn't that difficult: REALLY. You will have to learn how to prepare many of your own foods but they taste better and are usually cheaper than food products or resturant fare you are used to. Eliminate those 'digestive' aids that so many take to compensate for your lactose/casein intolerance. The side benefit is that you will seldom, if ever, need those antacids that you may have used to offset the discomfort when encountering lactose/casein.
We have structures a class that focuses on lactose/casein avoidance and Plant Based Lifestyle food preparation. We will help you identify lactose/casein free prepared foods and, more importantly, show you how to prepare them for yourself; cheaper, quicker and better!