That organic living is a conscious health choice
It starts with the dreaded bloat. Sometimes, the unbearable cramps get in on the action. Other times, you get dealt the ‘Do-Not-Pass-Go-Just-Go-Straight-To-The-Loo’ card.
While these sound suspiciously like symptoms of stomach flu, those with lactose intolerance can relate to them. Although less serious than a dairy allergy – which could be fatal – it’s still inconvenient to have to avoid milk and other dairy products that are often lurking in your favourite dishes.
The root of the problem is the lack of lactase – the enzyme that breaks down lactose in your body. And this issue can arise at any point in your life. You may have been able to enjoy yoghurts and pizzas in the past but a mouthful of ice cream now brings about bouts of pain and regret.
Thankfully, there are plenty of dairy alternatives, due to increased consumer interest in plant-based options for health and dietary reasons. While popular alternatives are not nutritionally identical to milk and tend to have lower levels of calcium, vitamins B and D, they do have their strong suits. These include higher fibre content, no cholesterol and often less saturated fat.
To help guide you along with your selection, here’s a lowdown on three popular dairy alternatives.
The most common plant-based alternative to cow’s milk, soya milk works well in warm beverages, cold cereals and baked goods, thanks to its thick, creamy consistency.
This is the most allergen-free option of all the milks, which makes it a real lifesaver for individuals with soy, dairy or nut allergies.
One of the most popular nut milks, it’s a tasty dairy substitute that works in many recipes.