Thank you to everyone who reported after my dairy-free blog post last month.
So many of you had amazing results after you gave it up, while an equally large number saw no change at all – which just shows how different we all are!
It seems that more questions have been raised than answered. Here is a short follow-up post with a little more information to help you on your way.
Dairy against lactose
Dairy products are a broad food group that includes milk, yogurt and cheese. For most of you, pure milk as a drink or on cereal seemed the worst culprit when it came to rashes.
Many found that their eczema worsened or had a terrible outbreak in the days after eating; had no problem eating cheese or even yogurt .
The active sugar protein in milk that many people struggle with is lactose .
Those who are sensitive or intolerant to lactose often lack lactase – an enzyme that breaks down lactose into easily digestible sugars.
Side effects of lactose intolerance can be convulsions, indigestion, flatulence, intestinal inflammation and nausea as well as skin inflammation.
Why is yogurt okay for some?
People who can enjoy cheese and yoghurt without side effects are more likely to react to lactose than to dairy products in general.
Yogurt is easy to digest due to its cultivation process and the good bacteria it contains can often benefit people with digestive problems.
However, choosing a good quality natural yogurt is important – Greek yogurt is a good option because it contains very little lactose.
Aged hard cheese is usually also good for people with lactose intolerance. The harder a cheese is, the less lactose it usually contains – since lactose is contained in the watery part of the milk. Hard cheeses such as parmesan, pecorino and aged cheddar generally do not contain lactose.
What should be avoided?
If you think you may be lactose intolerant, you should avoid milk, ice cream, and cream.
But you don't have to feel depressed, there are some great alternatives without dairy and lactose, so you can still enjoy the weird creamy treat!
Has anyone tested the theory and found skin improvement by cutting out lactose instead of dairy products in general?