You may find the lactose free shopping which you are looking for in these suggested categories but this selection has been made from the labels of the product and we do ask that you check the ingredients before consumption as recipes change from time to time.
Lactose is the predominant sugar in milk. Many people seem to have difficulty digesting lactose. It would normally be digested by an enzyme called lactase in the gut, but if the lactase if absent or inefficient in some way, intolerance occurs with subsequent discomfort.
Lactose intolerance means that the lactase cannot split the large lactose sugars into the smaller sugars of glucose and galactose . This doesn’t sound too painful in words does it? But it can mean abdominal pain, diarrhoea, flatulence bloating and feeling sick. All this caused by the unabsorbed lactose passing from the small intestine to the colon.
The bodies ability to produce effective amounts of lactase cannot be changed, but avoiding lactose is easy. It boils down to replacing the milk and dairy products in your diet, with an amazing selection of replacements for milk, cheese and yoghurts available this need not be too daunting.
Milk and dairy free alternatives are quite common and a great variety is available. There are soya milks, nut milks and grain milks to choose from of all different brands and flavours. It may be a good idea to opt for a variety with added calcium unless you are ensuring you are getting enough calcium from other sources like spinach, broccoli, black strap molasses or sesame seeds. Cheese can be one thing that those with an intolerance to lactose really miss. We have selected a variety of non-dairy cheeses for you to try plus yoghurt's, creams and crème fraiche.
To keep to your lactose free diet you may need to watch out for other milk derivatives too, many milk products are added to processed foods in various guises so keep and eye on the labels and look our for: milk, lactose, whey, curds, milk by-products, non-fat dry milk powder. Some prescription medicines may contain lactose as a filler so it may be an idea to ask, although most people with lactose intolerance can cope with a small amount of lactose.
Remember that once you have selected lactose free to narrow your search you will no longer see any other products other than those marked LACTOSE FREE. This may not be a problem, but just to remind you that we only mark relevant products and so general groceries, rice, fruit & veg etc may not be labelled even though they have no lactose content.