Do you have a ‘love hate’ relationship with Dairy?

4th February 2019

Do you really love cheese? Love ice cream? Wish that you could have milk in your coffee and not worry about the side effects? Go out for dinner and not have to explain to everyone that you can’t eat some of the menu? Or think, ok, ‘I’ll not worry about the dairy this time’ and then realise that it really wasn’t worth it.

How good would it be if we could just go ahead and not have the pain or the side effects? Have that pudding and not have to be different from everyone else around the table. Be able to enjoy dairy at any time and for any occasion would be amazing wouldn’t it?

Well you can imagine our excitement when we discovered there is a product out there that can give you the freedom to enjoy that pizza and ice cream again, pain free, and small enough that you can slip it in your pocket or your handbag to have dairy anywhere, anytime!

This product called Lactase allows you to indulge in dairy without any risks. It is a protein which is digested like normal food in the stomach, it’s an enzyme that works specifically with milk sugar. It has no interest in any other medications that your body may be on, it only works with the milk sugar.

Lactase is perfect for when you are out and about and for those special occasions where you really don’t want to miss out on any food or drink that is on offer. It can help you when you are with friends, in restaurants, on trips or business appointments. It offers you flexibility and spontaneity to be able to enjoy dairy anytime, anywhere.

Now for the Science…

This is just so we understand the ‘hate’ part of dairy and what being Lactose Intolerant actually means.

Lactose is Milk sugar. To digest Lactose our small intestines, need to have the Lactase enzyme to break down the Lactose. Lactose is made up of Glucose and Galactose. It’s found in milk and dairy products. The Lactase enzyme breaks down the milk sugar into smaller pieces for digestion and absorption.

When we’re lactose Intolerant it means we have less lactase enzyme in the body which causes us difficulties to digest lactose properly and can lead to our unpleasant symptoms of bloating, wind, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

We are all different in these symptoms and most people can tolerate small amounts of dairy, but it all depends on the amount consumed, other foods digested and how much of our own individual amount of lactase is produced.

So, are there dairy products that are worse than others? The answer is yes. Regular milk and yoghurt are high in lactose. Matured cheese contains less lactose. Yoghurts with added live bacterial cultures are usually easier to digest.

Plant based and lactose free alternatives are available and should be used to help avoid Lactose on a daily basis and at home. The lactose free varieties have had the lactase enzyme added so the lactose has already been digested for you, but these are not always widely available when you are away from home which is where Lactase fits in perfectly.

How much Lactase would you need to take?

5.500 FCC units can break down – 27.5g lactose.

For example, 235ml of whole milk contains 13.1g of lactose. 235ml of skimmed milk contains 13.41g of lactose. 50g of Cheddar Cheese contains 0.12g of lactose and 50g of Parmesan Cheese contains 0.08g of lactose.

You can purchase different pack sizes and product strengths:

Lactose Content Tablets per pack  
5.500 FCC 90  
12.000 FC 40  
20.000 FC 40  

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Darren Lister:

Email: Darren.lister@melrob.com   
Tel: + 44(0) 7833 096289

Darren Lister
Commercial Director, Melrob Nutrition