Milk is a staple in many households, but did you know that many types of milk are available today? From cow’s milk to plant-based alternatives, the options can be overwhelming.
Drinking cow’s milk isn’t an option for some people due to lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a type of sugar found in milk and dairy products. This can lead to bloating, gas, and other digestive issues. However, there are many plant-based milk alternatives available that are lactose-free and just as nutritious.
It’s important to note that the milk we drink today is not the same as the milk our grandparents drank. The food industrialisation process has affected what’s in milk now, and for some people, there’s an allergen in milk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), milk is one of the eight major allergens, with symptoms ranging from hives to anaphylaxis*.
I am lactose intolerant, so I usually use lactose-free milk. I get stomach cramps if I drink regular milk and it can be quite painful. Luckily, there are many plant-based milk alternatives available that are just as nutritious as cow’s milk. These include almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and oat milk. Each type of milk alternative has its own unique taste and nutritional profile. For instance, almond milk is a good source of vitamin E, while soy milk contains more protein than most other milk alternatives. I use lactose-free milk. In the beginning it tasted a bit different, but after I while my stomach and tastebuds started getting used to it. If I drink regular milk, it tastes off to me, like something is missing.
While milk alternatives can be a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or have other dietary restrictions, it’s important to keep in mind that they may not be suitable for everyone. Some people may have allergies or sensitivities to certain types of milk alternatives, so it’s important to read labels and check with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.
No matter what milk you drink or consume, it’s important to be aware of the lactose intolerance issue, especially for those who experience digestive issues. So, let’s raise a glass to World Milk Day and appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this delicious drink possible. Cheers to milk and all its alternatives!
*Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen, such as food, medication, insect sting, or latex. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment with epinephrine, a medication that helps to reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include difficulty breathing, wheezing, rapid or weak pulse, low blood pressure, hives or rash, swollen throat or tongue, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness or fainting. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis.
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