25 Nov Hemp Milk an Alternative to Dairy for Those Lactose Intolerant
If you are lactose intolerant, you’ve got to constantly pay attention to make sure you don’t eat or drink any dairy products. This clearly means no more dairy milk, which can be challenging. Milk made from hemp, however, is a completely dairy-free option that you can serve with your cereal or make scrambled eggs with.
Lactose intolerance is typically caused by a deficiency in lactase, an enzyme produced within your small intestine. The lactase breaks down dairy foods into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose, which your digestive system is then able to absorb. A lack of lactase means this break down doesn’t occur and digesting the food becomes difficult. While there’s not a specific cause to being lactose intolerant, the condition is more common as you age. Plus, Asian, Black, Hispanic and American Indian people have been found to suffer from the condition more than other ethnicities.
Being lactose intolerant isn’t a serious health concern, but can be extremely uncomfortable. If you’re intolerant and you do consume lactose, in about 30 minutes, you’ll suffer from possible symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, flatulence and bloating. The more lactose you consume, the worst your symptoms will be.
Hemp milk, because it’s completely dairy-free, won’t cause problems for you if you’re lactose intolerant. Plus, like dairy milk, it’s high in protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin D. Hemp milk also provides the ideal ratio of essential fatty acids and serves as a good source of phosphorous, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Hemp milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water. You can find it at some health stores, but it’s also relatively easy to make on your own. The milk is creamy, but is a little lighter than what you’re used to with dairy milk. Plus, you’ll notice it has a slightly nutty flavor.