Lactose free for me!
Do you ever feel bloated, experience pain, or discomfort after consuming your daily serve of yoghurt, milk or cheese? Or other symptoms such as diarrhoea and gas?
If you answered yes, you may be one of the 75% of Australians who suffer from a dairy intolerance including lactose.
So what is lactose intolerance?
Lets break it down, within the digestive system the small intestine produces an enzyme call lactase which helps to break down lactose to be absorbed to your body’s tissues. Lactose is most commonly found in dairy based products such as milk, cheeses and yoghurt. In those who have a lactose intolerance, less of this enzyme is available to digest lactose, as a result a person may experience diarrhea, gas or severe bloating after consuming a meal-containing dairy. Symptoms experienced are referred to as malabsorption, which is harmless, however can cause severe discomfort. Because of this, people who experience symptoms may need to adjust how much lactose containing products they have in their diet. If this is you, we are here to help with some delicious and nutritious lactose free recipe, (below) which will keep your taste buds satisfied and symptom free!
Our next topic is on soy allergies. So firstly, what is soy?
Soybeans are a member of the legume family; common legumes you may have heard of include beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. If a person is allergic to soy it does not automatically mean they are allergic to the other members of the legume family, and does not increase their chances of becoming allergic.
Soy allergies are more common among children and babies, according to research approximately 0.4% of children have an allergy to soy. In the vast majority of children these allergies resolve by themselves typically by the age of 3, most individuals less commonly experience ongoing issues that persist into adulthood. Similar to other allergies, the severity of symptoms can vary between people however typically those with a soy allergy will experience milder and less severe symptoms when consuming soy based foods. If a child has a severe allergy this is referred to as anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening allergic reaction requiring immediate medical attention and strict avoidance of allergen containing foods.
For the majority those with a soy allergy however, when consuming a soy based product you may experience symptoms such as tingling in the mouth, hives, swelling of lips, or abdominal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. It is important to seek medical advice if you are experiencing these symptoms to confirm the source of the allergic reaction and prevent future unwanted symptoms. Similar to lactose intolerance, soy intolerance can be managed by adjusting or removing soy based products from your diet. It is important to become aware of your allergy, and take control.
Keep an eye out for our delicious soy free recipe that you and the whole family can enjoy!
Chloe Brown – Student Dietitian