Do you worry that you might be lactose intolerant?
We’ve been through our fair share of food fads, as most families do, and most of the time I take them with a pinch of salt. A month or so ago for example, Belle decided she was going to become ‘anti-pescatarian’. I don’t even know if this is a thing – she may have come up with the phrase herself – but basically it meant that after donating money to the Marine Conservation Society she had decided that she didn’t want to eat fish anymore.
This posed something of a problem, as she is already rather reluctant in the vegetable, seed, pulse and nut department, but I went with it, and it wasn’t too long before she was back on the fish fingers.
Dairy issues are more enduring in our family however. Bee is lactose intolerant, and in a bid to stop Belle complaining from feeling sick and having tummy cramps seemingly constantly, we tried cutting out dairy products for her too. It worked – she has stopped her night time tummy issues, and generally seems a lot happier.
Of course, we don’t know for sure that it’s a lactose intolerance, and while I’m happy to buy her a different spread and switch to lactofree cheese, it would be sensible I suppose to investigate it properly at some stage. I’m just a bit rubbish at actually getting round to that sort of thing.
What I am going to do though is watch Food Unwrapped on Channel Four tonight, which is going to be looking at a2 milk. Regular cows’ milk contains A1 protein which can be the cause for much discomfort – apparently it can be this, rather than a lactose intolerance, that causes problems for so many people. a2 milk is naturally free from this A1 protein and is proven to ease the symptoms for those with an intolerance.
If anyone in your family has a suspected lactose intolerance, do have a watch of Food Unwrapped tonight and give a2 milk a try. We’ll be testing it over the next couple of weeks and reporting back to let you know how we get on.
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