There are many myths all over the internet about dairy products and our body’s reaction to them. The question is, how do you know what to believe? Our food intolerance experts have rounded up some of the most common misconceptions out there, as well as some interesting dairy facts.
Dairy products are typically high in fat content
Whilst making up an important element of a balanced and healthy diet, many dairy products can also be high in saturated fats and sugars. This may in turn lead to weight gain and increased cholesterol levels^.
To scale down your fat and sugar consumption, consider making simple changes such as grating your cheese instead of slicing it. You could also pay more attention to food labels and start buying lower fat versions of your favourite dairy products.
There is no such thing as a dairy intolerance test
A cow’s milk intolerance can be detected through the use of a YorkTest food intolerance programme†, which tests your IgG antibody reactions for up to 208 foods and drinks, including cow’s milk. Expert dietary advice from qualified nutritional therapists is also included, to help you safely make changes to your diet.
Those experiencing dairy intolerance symptoms, such as digestive problems, skin issues, fatigue or migraines, should always seek advice first from their GP. There’s always a chance that the signs of dairy intolerance could in fact be symptoms associated with a more serious underlying condition.
Consuming dairy products can be good for our health
Dairy products provide a range of nutrients for our bodies, which can be highly beneficial to us. These include calcium, which we use for the development and maintenance of strong healthy bones.
The protein found in milk meanwhile helps our grow and repair function and iodine is important for healthy nerve and brain function, as well as helping to keep our skin healthy.
Vitamins B12 and B2 are also found in milk. Vitamin B12 helps to keep our red blood cells healthy and B2 makes our bodies release more energy from carbohydrate and protein^.
Dairy intolerance is a lifelong condition
Those suffering with milk intolerance symptoms may believe that their troublesome symptoms will never go away. However, that is not necessarily true.
Once a food intolerance has been identified and safely eliminated for a period of time, there is evidence to suggest that the immune system can be reset. Many people are therefore able to reintroduce previous “trigger foods” back into their diet, without experiencing any adverse reactions as they did before.
Sufferers of lactose intolerance should completely avoid dairy
Those who suffer from a lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting lactose, a type of sugar found in dairy products.
Whilst people who are diagnosed with this condition may opt to remove dairy from their diet entirely, it’s possible for many sufferers to manage their symptoms by simply cutting down on the amounts of dairy products that they consume.
Milk contains calcium, protein and a range of vitamins that are beneficial to our health. If you are removing dairy from your diet then you should find suitable alternatives*. Lactose intolerant milk, free from lactose, can provide many of the same nutrients as regular milk.
YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this blog post.
†YorkTest define Food Intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction