For around four million people in the UK, milk, ice cream and other dairy products are off the menu due to lactose intolerance.
It’s a shame because milk and products like cheese and yogurt are full of nutrients that are beneficial to our health. In particular, they are excellent sources of protein and calcium. They also provide many other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D, phosphorus and potassium.
Together, these nutrients help keep our muscles, bones, teeth, skin, vision, and nervous system healthy. They are especially helpful as we age to ward off age-related conditions such as osteoporosis. This is of particular concern for women after menopause, when hormonal changes lead to reduced bone density. Calcium is especially important in helping us maintain strong bones. And vitamin D is useful because it helps us absorb calcium from our food.
What is lactose intolerance?
It should be noted that lactose intolerance is not the same as a milk or dairy allergy. This is a digestive problem caused by the body’s inability to break down lactose.
Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products, and to break it down we need an enzyme called lactase. Most of us can produce all the lactase we need in the small intestine. For those who can’t, this is where lactose intolerance becomes a problem.
The result can be unpleasant symptoms including bloating, stomach cramps, winds and diarrhea. You can avoid these effects by eliminating dairy from your diet, but this can be very limiting, especially if you like to eat out. This also means that summer treats such as ice cream are strictly prohibited.
You box enjoy dairy again
The good news? Replenishing lactase in your system is easy with Milkaid. Each raspberry flavored tablet contains a dose of 3000 ALU lactase. This means that chewing just one or two tablets just before consuming any food containing lactose should be enough to help you break it down.
Being so easy to take, Milkaid is ideal for eating out. And because many children develop lactose intolerance before the age of 10, there are also Milkaid Junior, strawberry-flavoured tablets suitable for children aged 3 and over.
Alternatively, try Milkaid Drops – add three drops to 500ml of milk and refrigerate for 24 hours. It breaks down lactose by up to 70%, so you can enjoy milk in your cup of tea or on your cereal without fear of unpleasant consequences. Or add 10 drops for up to 99% lactose reduction.
Milkaid does not contain artificial flavors, gluten or yeast.