Strange question about lactose intolerance

(Edith) #22

It could be as simple as lactose or it could be a reaction to the proteins in dairy. I can’t handle any diary, it gives me itchy rashes and painful joints. Unfortunately, it’s not the lactose. You might want to consider stopping ALL diary and see if that helps. If it does, slowly add lower lactose items back in first and see how you feel with them.


Just eliminating all dairy is a pretty serious and potentially useful thing :slight_smile:
Something I couldn’t do but I have no problems with lactose either.
I am impressed I manage to keep my dairy intake low this week! But with the right motivation and lovely other food, no dairy is possible for most of us I imagine… Just for a while to see what happens.

Oh I forgot my SO and I did a lactose free year (except very rare occasions). That was easy but we had plenty of other items to eat and we kept zero carb cheese… My SO probably couldn’t survive without cheese…

(Bacon enough and time) #24

That is certainly possible. The human genetic default is to become lactose-intolerant at some point between weaning and adulthood. This is true of all mammals, in fact. If you do not have one of the mutations to allow you to continue producting lactase in adulthood, then you will have trouble with lactose.

On the other hand, however, many people who tolerate lactose can be sensitive to one or more of the milk proteins, which is a separate issue. Try going without dairy products for thirty days, and see what happens.

Butter/ghee and heavy cream, being almost entirely fat, may not give you trouble, but that is apparently not a guarantee.

(Edith) #25

Yup! I can’t handle any of them. :cry:

(Peter - Don't Fear the Fat ) #26

Typical of me to start this experiment in an odd way. So yesterday I ate cream, cheese and much lactose.
More I would normally eat. During the night I’ve had pain, bloating, gas etc. Today was like an explosion!
Sadly I can’t rely on this, my experiment has been confused by getting Covid, not a mild version so far.

(KM) #27

Eeergh, sorry for the Covid! Get well!!!

I’d still say this is a pretty good indicator that Peter and Dairy are not a match made in heaven, but as you say, it could be covid-related. Maybe to be potentially kinder to yourself, cut out all dairy until you’re healed up, just in case it’s the culprit?

(Robin) #28

Tell Covid to play nice.
And maybe skip the experimentation till she’s gone.

(Bacon enough and time) #29

Given that lactose is made from glucose and galactose, I’d avoid it simply because I’d want to spend my carb allowance on other things.

Of course, these days my carb allowance is pretty much 0 g. . . . :bacon:

If one were able to eat dairy without a protein reaction, then the best dairy to consume is heavy cream and hard, aged cheeses, because they are mostly, if not entirely, sugar-free.

(Peter - Don't Fear the Fat ) #30

It was like giving up drink and smoking. The thought of quitting makes you want it even more. Ha Ho tomorrow I’ll start with no lactose. With or without Covid.
I’ve still no idea if my reaction was Lactose or Covid related.


Meanwhile I can’t imagine a better thing to spend my non-egg, non-liver carbs (those aren’t much nowadays) on :wink: Dairy is awesome :heart_eyes:
And too fatty and non-satiating so I am careful with them. But I can afford some :smiley:

It’s another matter my fav dairy at the moment is butter… I still like all the others as well. Variety is important. And different dairy items have different roles though they overlap a bit.
I don’t think I would horribly miss any of my dairy items now (I would miss them a lot but couldn’t live without them) - but I need them for variety. I probably could skip them for a while if I had a wide variety of meats and seafood… Or at least plants…? I can’t live on my few meat options and eggs only. I can do a TINY dairy just not zero. Maybe later I will try it again, I do love my experiments. My no dairy carnivore experiments always ended after 1-2 days in the past.

I am looking forward to your experiences, @Pjam! Do you keep harder, zero carb cheese and ghee and skip the other items in the near future at least?