Milk

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dairy-productsA hypersensitivity to milk must be read as a hypersensitivity to milk proteins and bovine fats.

Biochemical intolerance to lactose means lack of lactase enzyme, which breaks down the simple sugars that make up lactose in order to make it easier to digest, while food related inflammation due to milk is generalized, also involving milk proteins and leading to symptoms that are much more general such as headache or acne, and not solely linked to the abdominal area (swelling, digestion problems, etc.).

Lactose-free milk in this case is not allowed because we’re not handling lactose intolerance but milk related inflammation in general.

Food inflammation due to milk may also favour weight gain.

The basic diet concerns milk as well as its derivatives. It’s important to realize that many industrially manufactured foods contain milk as such or in form of “whey”, “lactose or milk protein”; careful attention must be paid when a label reads “milk whey”, “lactalbumin”, “casein”, “lactose” or “milk or bovine proteins”.

This diet also excludes milk from all animal species: in any type of animal milk a terminal part of the lactalbumin molecule seems to be responsible for a quick crossed reaction.

Weekly abstinence can also be useful for everyone. Even if there isn’t a specific reactivity, milk and dairy products (together with yeast, salt and wheat) are among the most common foods on our table, therefore it’s worth considering a weekly “abstinence” day in order to free the body of any possible overload. This not only refers to milk as such, but also to many pollutants that it often contains (for example the antibiotics used on livestock).

List of foods containing milk, to avoid on a rotational basis according to the instructions given:

  • Milk and its derivatives: any kind of fresh or UHT milk even if lactose-free, cream, yogurt, butter, any kind of cheese fresh or aged (including mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan) and every kind of milk preparation (powdered, flavored, malted, condensed, etc.).
  • Pastries and sweets: cookies, milk or dark chocolate, sweet pastry dough, snacks, croissants, wafers, cake mixes, some types of crackers, sweets in general, such as ice creams, creams, caramel, puddings, etc., some flaked cereal or muesli mixes and some special breads such as sandwich bread (it’s a good idea to ask your baker or carefully read the ingredients label).
  • Cold cuts and salami: cooked ham, salami, mortadella, sausage, wurstel may contain milk so it’s better to read the ingredients label or ask your butcher, since many cooked hams are milk-free guaranteed and can therefore be used in this diet.
  • Baby foods: cookies, some pasta, many homogenized or powdered foods, milk flours.
  • Diet foods, hyperprotein and vitamin foods, salt supplements for athletes: many of these products derive from milk proteins (carefully check the ingredients labels to make sure that they don’t contain casein, whey, lactose, etc.).
  • Many pharmaceutical products contain lactose among their excipients: lactose isn’t always derived from milk so your doctor will advise you if you’ll need to replace the medicines that you use. Do not interrupt current medical therapies; ask your doctor about the possibility of replacing a medicine containing lactose with a similar lactose-free one.
  • Many cosmetics.

Remember that milk (especially organically produced) is a very healthy food, rich in important nutrients and easily assimilated as long as there isn’t specific reactivity. For persons affected by milk-related inflammation, on the other hand, it can be the source of many issues.

For people suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis, the rotation of milk in the diet doesn’t cause problems because many foods of vegetable origin are excellent sources of calcium.