First off: what is lactose intolerance?
Being lactose intolerant means that you are unable to digest lactose, which is a kind of sugar found in milk products. If you consume lactose anyways, you may experience bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
Lactose intolerant people have a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which helps the body break down lactose.
Some people with this intolerance can eat dairy products with low levels of lactose without any trouble. For example butter, yoghurt and aged hard cheese. But products with more lactose – such as a glass of milk – might cause more trouble.
So it is not hard to see why a lot of lactose intolerant people switch to plant-based and lactose free milk substitutes.
Not the same as milk allergy
Being allergic to milk protein is not the same as being lactose intolerant. People with lactose intolerance react to milk sugar known as lactose, while people that are allergic to milk protein are allergic to the protein in dairy products.
And while some lactose intolerant people are able to consume certain dairy products in moderation, people with milk allergies must exclude all dairy from their diet (even lactose free milk products). And not just cow’s milk but also milk from other animals.
An allergic reaction to milk protein can lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, skin reactions and asthma. There have also been reports of serious anaphylactic reactions and death.
If you are unsure about being lactose intolerant
The symptoms for lactose intolerance include bloating, gassiness, diarrhoea and stomach pain. These are common symptoms that can be caused by several things, so naturally you might be unsure if it relates to lactose intolerance or not. If you think you may have lactose intolerance it might be something else, like a milk protein allergy or IBS. So reach out to your doctor to make sure.
What is lactose free milk?
When you hear the term lactose free milk, you may assume that all options are dairy free, vegan and plant-based. This is not the case. There are also lactose free options made from cow’s milk, that have been processed to specifically remove the lactose.
If you are cutting out milk and dairy from your diet altogether because you want to or must, a plant-based alternative such as Sproud is what you should go for.
Things to consider when choosing a milk substitute
Many have questions around plant-based lactose free milk options. Let us straighten some things out.
- Sugar in lactose free milk. Lactose free milk alternatives often have added sugar or sweetener to mimic the flavour of milk. If you are trying to keep your sugar intake to a certain level, check the nutritional information of the options you are considering. Sproud Original and Barista are relatively low in sugar and Sproud Unsweetened is sugar-free.
- Vitamins and minerals. Lactose free cow’s milk is rich in calcium and other vitamins and minerals. And while many plant-based options have been enriched to match, some have not. So check the nutritional information. For example, Sproud Unsweetened contains the same levels of vitamins and minerals as semi-skimmed cow’s milk.
- Needs and preferences. Some people that are lactose intolerant are also allergic to other things or have certain dietary preferences. Perhaps you are trying keto and want a lactose free milk alternative that works for you. Whatever your needs and preferences are, you should take them into account when choosing your lactose free milk substitute.
- Cost comparison. Cow’s milk is typically cheaper than plant-based milk substitutes for lactose intolerant people. You can cut costs by making them at home, but then they will not be enriched with vitamins. To help you make a judgment that works for you, you might want to consider factors like environmental impact, nutritional content, taste and your individual needs – in addition to budget.
Why drink lactose free milk?
While cow’s milk is a nutritious staple food that works for a lot of people around the world, some opt for plant-based and lactose free milk substitutes for good reason. For example because of:
- Allergies to milk protein
- Lactose intolerance
- Dietary restrictions by preference: for ethical, environmental or other reasons.
If you think that you may have an intolerance or allergy, you should go see a doctor to make sure.
Does Sproud offer the best milk for lactose intolerant people?
Calling ourselves the best milk substitute for lactose intolerant people is a bold statement, so we are going to leave that judgement up to you. However, Sproud is a great option if you are lactose intolerant and want a milk replacement that is plant-based, rich in protein and low in carbs – that also tastes great.
But what is Sproud? Well, we provide vegan and lactose free milk alternatives and sports nutrition. Our drinks include Sproud Original, Unsweetened, Barista and Chocolate.
All of them serve different purposes, as we know that not all lactose intolerant people have the same needs or preferences. But we are pretty sure that you appreciate not having to worry about accidentally picking up something with lactose in it. And when you choose Sproud, you will not have to give that a second thought.
All the benefits, very few downsides
We get it, you want to hear what the downsides are. And so you should, we love a consumer that wants to make informed decisions. So here it is: Sproud’s milk substitutes usually come with a bigger price tag than lactose free cow’s milk.
What should be considered there is that Sproud comes with so many benefits that, depending on your priorities, might make the price difference seem reasonable. Firstly, the environmental impact of our yellow split peas versus cow’s milk (which we will cover in depth later in the text).
Second, you might be thinking “peas as milk?! Yuck!”. But nope. There is no pea-like taste at all. In fact, Sproud is very similar to regular milk in flavour, texture and colour. It can be used hot or cold as you would with milk.
Nutritious and allergen free milk alternative
Then there is the nutritional content. Sproud is made from yellow split peas, which is a complete protein source – meaning that it contains the 9 amino acids that the body needs to function well but need to get through nutrition.
Sproud is high in protein and low in carbs, with a good amount of unsaturated fats. This makes our lactose free milk alternative great for keto and other low-carb diets, but also an all-around balanced lifestyle. The drinks also contain vitamins and minerals.
Sproud is proud to be as allergen free as possible – free of gluten, lactose, soy and milk. And of course, GMO free as well.
Choose our lactose free milk substitute and help the environment
We have already mentioned that Sproud is an eco-friendly lactose free milk substitute. One factor that plays into this is the use of resources. Our yellow split peas require 10 times less land and water than comparable crops like oats, almonds and soy. As cow’s milk requires animals, the “production process” requires even more water and land.
On top of this, unopened packs of Sproud lactose free milk substitute can be kept at room temperature and are shelf stable for up to 365 days, which reduces the risk of food wastage. Tetra Pak provides our recyclable and light-weight packaging.
Enjoy lactose free recipes with Sproud
Some milk substitutes for lactose intolerant people do not live up to expectations. Milk has a very specific taste which is not the easiest to replicate. Some options are too sweet, others might have an aftertaste and some look and behave differently than milk in cooking. But Sproud just does what it is supposed to.
It looks like, tastes like and works like milk. Use it in cooking, baking, coffee, tea, smoothies and more. We have gathered a whole lot of recipes for you to get your inspiration going. But keep in mind that you can just swap milk for Sproud when using “regular” recipes. Check out the ever-growing recipe bank.