lactose intolerance

10 October 2015

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Whilst dairy allergy and lactose intolerance are caused by two different elements within cow’s milk, those of you who experience either condition probably have a common goal, the desire to avoid cross contamination. 

26 June 2015

Living Nature Sensitive Skin Range Milk Allergy Lactose Intolerance
We all know as a Blogger I received Press Releases and offers of samples. I was intrigued to hear that Living Nature has launched a Sensitive Skin Range which includes a cleanser, toner and day & night moisturisers. However, I ended up declining samples so let me explain why I am hesitant about this range.

Firstly, I don't like the marketing message "Containing only the purest, certified natural ingredients and free of fragrance and allergens, this new face care range deeply hydrates, nourishes, protects, soothes and calms sensitive skin." 

Any skincare brand that claims to be "allergen free" is going to make me raise an eyebrow as surely any ingredient has the possibility to cause an allergic reaction in at least one person. However, on closer inspection I noticed these products contain Lactoperoxidase and this ingredient is an enzyme prepared from whey protein concentrate, derived from cows milk. When I declined samples based on the fact I have a milk allergy, I received an email in which Living Nature explains how this ingredient should not affect lactose intolerant customers. Let me state that I am always beyond frustrated that people are evidently confused between lactose intolerance and milk allergy. But moving on from this, below is an extract from the email I received.

Information provided to Living Nature by the suppliers of Lactoperoxidase Ingredient
  • The milk ingredient that causes most of the allergies is a component called casein and not whey or its extracts.
  • For this reason most individuals who are intolerant to whole lactose, will not suffer any intolerance to the whey derived enzymes, especially when applied topically.
  • In their studies, no adverse reactions have been reported following topical administration of the whey proteins, despite some minor gastrointestinal disturbances that were noted when the enzymes were consumed – but only from individuals who had a very high intolerance to lactose.
  • They quoted the reference study: Marshall, K., Therapeutic Application of Whey Protein. Alternative Medicine Review, Vol 9, No.2: 136-156, 2004.

I have previously given my opinions about food allergens in skincare - Debunking Skincare Myths - Does our skin absorb 60% of skincare? and Food Allergens in Skin Care. I'm not a scientist but when you have skin prick tests and see the reaction caused, in my case to milk, you do start to wonder about your skincare. It may be a minimal risk but it's one I chose not to take.

Of course I am pleased to see another sensitive skincare range on the market and Living Nature is a trusted New Zealand brand. Most of their customer base will not worry about Lactoperoxidase but I wanted to make my readers aware. I also have a large Vegan following and this ingredient will not be suitable for them.

For all my other readers, if you are interested in Living Nature’s new Sensitive Skin Range it is available from online retailers including Naturisimo

Sarah x

29 January 2013

Dairy Free Valentine's Day Treats
Emma runs the website lovelactosefreelife.co.uk but she is also an allergy/intolerance blogger. I asked Emma if she would like to guest post about her website because let's face it being dairy or lactose free kind of sucks big time on Valentines Day. Emma's website can change that for you so get hinting to your loved ones or treat yourself. 

Valentine’s Day 
Just got a little sweeter!

Just because you have food allergies or intolerances shouldn't mean you have to go without. Love Lactose Free Life was created because I refuse to miss out on yummy treats when other people can eat them! Valentine’s Day is no different. We have several fabulous products to tantalise you!

1. Inspiral Raw Artisan Chocolates Decorated with Home Dried Raspberry Shards and Infused with Rose Otto Oil
These delicately flavoured, handmade, raw chocolates encompass delicious flavours with nutritionally beneficial ingredients giving you a luxurious treat that is also good for your health

2. Giant Jar of Montezuma’s Giant Dark Buttons and Humdinger White Buttons

An almost never ending supply of buttons big enough for sharing with your favourite person this Valentines in a fantastic reusable glass kilner jar
  
3. Mini Jar of Montezuma’s Giant Dark Buttons
The cutest little kilner jar filled to the brim with buttons, perfectly formed present for your prefect person

4. Hot Chocolate Gift Basket with Princess Marshmallows, Clipper Hot Chocolate and Montezuma’s Mini Bars
A collection of fantastic ingredients needed to make the perfect hot chocolate, just add your favourite “milk”

25 May 2012

What is the difference between Lactose Intolerant and Milk Allergy
One of life's little headaches with having an allergy to milk is getting fed up with being told I need to buy lactose free products. Most people will recognised that those with milk allergy have to avoid consuming Cows milk but it can also include other animals such as goat or sheep. Let me explain the differences between lactose intolerance and milk allergy.

Lactose is a sugar found in milk. There is an enzyme in the digestive tract called lactase, this helps breakdown the lactose. As we age the levels of lactase decrease so people have trouble digesting lactose. This often results in bloating, diarrhea and gas. It is very uncomfortable but not life threatening. On the other hand a milk allergy is when the immune system reacts to the proteins in milk. This means you are allergic to the whey or casein (you can be allergic to both). Allergies can be life threatening (anaphylactic shock) or you may experience hives or difficulty breathing. My milk allergy has been confirmed by Doctors through skin prick tests. I have yet to experience anaphylactic shock but I will get hives, eczema, sinus problems, glue ear, asthma, joint pain and gastric distress. FYI gastric distress is the polite term for saying you get the shits. Think of the worse case of diarrhea you have ever experienced, now times that by a million, add on top of that a pain similar to being kick in the stomach by a donkey, then you'll be pretty close to this symptom. 

I have had some weird questions over the years about my milk allergy. The strangest was at a reception where hotel staff asked "Can you have cheese? We were not sure". Milk allergy also means no butter, buttermilk, cream, chocolate, ice cream and yoghurts. You also get the odd curve ball product where you wouldn't expect to find milk for example bread and tomato ketchup. Just recently I was moaning about ice lollies as some contain milk (Del Monte is one I can name off top of my head). Many people make the mistake of thinking dark chocolate is free from milk but that isn't always the case.

So there you go folks you have learnt something new this afternoon. FYI Lactofree is not suitable for milk allergy, they have removed the lactose but it still is cows milk.

Sarah x

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