In this modern age, we’re becoming more and more aware of our dietary needs. Access to the Internet affords us the opportunity to better understand the foods that may be causing us discomfort. And as a result, more and more people are recognising that they have a milk intolerance. In fact, 1 in 5 households have now swapped to a dairy-free alternative. But, what does this actually mean? And can you still enjoy a full and enjoyable diet with one? This blog post will explore all of these questions.
What is a milk intolerance?
Otherwise known as lactose intolerance, milk intolerance is when your body struggles to digest lactose. This sugar is largely found in milk and other dairy products. Commonly, sufferers find that symptoms show within a few hours of consuming foods containing lactose. These range from stomach cramps and pains through to nausea and diarrhoea. And, the symptoms can range from subtle through to excruciating.
The severity of milk intolerance largely depends on the amount of lactose that is consumed. Many people who suffer with them find that they can eat small amounts while tolerating the symptoms. Others choose to completely eliminate dairy from their diets.
Do all milks have lactose in them?
Primarily, you will find lactose in most animal-based milk. This includes both cows milk and mares milk. And, mares milk has been shown to have slightly more lactose than traditional types. Although this may mean that sufferers still experience symptoms, research has shown that it is a safe substitution for many children with allergies to cow’s milk.
What benefits does mares milk have for those with intolerances?
Mares milk is noted as being very similar to human breast milk. This makes it easy to digest. For children, in particular, it can be a suitable alternative to cow’s milk. One study shows it to be a good substitute for children with severe IgE-mediated cow’s milk allergy.
Here at Mare’s Milk, we have extensive experience in the production of 100% organic British cheese and mares milk-based products. In doing so, we hope to advance the health and welfare of Britain’s mares while creating products that will benefit all of our customers. Get in contact with the team here today who will be happy to advise on how you can use mares milk to manage your intolerances.