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Lactose intolerance

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Primrosefairydust, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Primrosefairydust

    Primrosefairydust Type 2 · Member

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    I've developed lactose intolerance over the past 6 months. I can use the lacto free milk in small quantities but not any of the lacto free cheeses.
    I used to use dairy as a way of ensuring I had enough calcuim in my diet as well as fat.
    Any ideas on how to increase my fat intake.
    Also my health has improved since cutting out sugar including reducing the amount of fruit I eat. Completely cutting out grains except a small amount of oats for breakfast.
    Any ideas on the fats
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Bacon, eggs fatty meats or fish?
  3. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Logically - aren't you perhaps dairy intolerant, rather than lactose intolerant?
    Lactose free milk and cheese should be free foods, if you were 'simply' lactose intolerant.
    There are other options, such things as real oxtail soup, where the tail is marinaded in vinegary liquid could be an option - the vinegar leaches out calcium from the bones - and it is very tasty.
  4. Boo1979

    Boo1979 Other · Well-Known Member

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    Full fat Coconut milk / coconut cream / coconut yogurt -the canned type of coconut milk, not products like koko which is basically watered down coconut milk
    Some nut milks ( check the % of nuts and make sure they arent sweetened)
    Nuts / nut butters
    Oily fish - the ones where you also eat the bones,( like canned sardenes, whitebait etc ) are also good for calcium
    Coconut oil
    Various dairy free recipes on DD website
  5. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I have lactose intolerance, also, carbs intolerant.
    But, I can have a few spoonfuls of full fat plain Greek yoghurt, that is it!
    Lactose will turn into glucose very quickly and spike you higher the more fat is taken out of the milk, the more fat taken out the more lactose there will be in it.
    As others have said, there are lactose free milks, and vegan milks, also gluten free.

    Fats should not be a problem, unless you are vegan, meat is a great source of natural fats. Also using as others have suggested, coconut oils, for cooking or frying, I use duck fat, goose fat, also beef dripping!

    Even though I'm intolerant to lactose, I don't have problems with my calcium levels at all. I have read that most people with intolerance, don't suffer from calcium deficiency.
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  6. SimonCrox

    SimonCrox · Well-Known Member

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    A household member has had lactose intolerance diagnosed a few years ago; we have found that just a small amount of lactose has dramatic effects, that what happens in practice doesn’t always follow what should happen in theory and that lactose is everywhere.

    When cheese is made, the solid cheese is separated from the watery whey which contains the lactose; so theoretically, cheese should be OK. Decent amounts of cheddar, goat’s cheese and camembert are OK for us, but raclette cheese isn’t. It should be that the harder cheeses are better, but raclette is relatively hard and camembert isn’t!

    We use the lactose free milk from Candi a, Just Milk (one can often get a voucher for this off the internet to get it free in Sainsburys, and our friends can too). And this seems OK.

    But if we make a quiche from cheddar, Just Milk Lactose free, and ham, one portion is OK, but a second portion causes symptoms.

    As above with yoghurts, the yoghurt making should digest the lactose; hard Greek style yoghurts are OK; branded yoghurts seem OK if more expensive presumabley cos they have spent more time on the yoghurt making and digested the lactose. With supermarket own brand yoghurts, some seem OK and some aren’t.

    The whey from cheese making is rich in lactose and used as a sugar in many other foods eg hot dog sausages, ham and other charcuterie such as salami, chorizo, saucisson etc. So, 2 hot dogs are too much but 1 ½ are OK. Ham with lactose seems OK.

    But mixing several OK foods often leads to a problem eg yoghurt plus 1 ½ hot dog sausages would not be tolerated.

    We use the “Super lactase” capsules from Holland and Barrett which are fairly expensive, but seem to help; 2-3 times per year Holland and Barrett have them on special offer so we buy two bottles.

    If going out for a meal, we take a lactase capsule just in case, because one doesn’t know how much lactose is hidden in the food, and because public toilets are very few and often not pleasant.

    We have discovered that vegan food can be useful; Falafels were causing problems, but it was the sauce, which is now OK with the Vegan Tahini sauce.

    I read that if one takes increasing doses of lactose, one gets used to it, but there was no data to back this up, and I don’t believe it. But we only use the Lactase capsules when we think that we will need them, mainly cos of cost.

    Cats and hedgehogs are also lactase deficient, and one can buy specially expensive milk for cats, but the lactose free Just Milk should be just as good, it is UHT so keeps well and is cheaper.

    We tried soya milk and it was horrible.

    At the end of the day, I think that a food diary to see what is safe and what isn’t (including the amount eaten) is the main way forward; reading the ingredients on the packet is helpful, but so many foods contain lactose that we just avoid the foods with lots of lactose ingredients. It is annoying that lactose appears in so many foods, but more and more foods are appearing lactose free, and vegan food should be OK.

    Best wishes
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