I was lucky enough to have Symprove send me a 12 week program of their probiotic for ibs to try out. Typically they say it takes 12 weeks to see the full effects of the probiotics.
I’d heard about probiotic treatments for ibs before, but the probiotics i’ve seen typically come in yoghurts or contain lactose which rules them out for me – but Symprove is lactose free. Symprove have also done experiments that show their bacteria stays alive until the gut. For 12 weeks you take it every day 5-10 minutes before you eat anything that day. I’ve heard of people having decent success through similar methods so I figured why the hell not! Typically the course would set you back £157 at the time of writing, and they are currently offering 4 weeks free (the last 4)
Anyway – how it went! I noticed really good results within the first few days already! I was eating a lot of the “trigger” foods that week and my symptoms were already a lot lower than usual.
Over the course of the 12 weeks i’ve noticed an improvement, and I’ve now stopped taking the course and the results still seem to have stuck! I’ve even managed to have the occasional beer or two!
The one I was taking during the trial was mango and passion fruit flavour, it wasn’t a great taste, but it certainly wasn’t awful and was something I easily took every day. (2 or 3 gulps may be better than trying to down it in one though)
The results have been amazing, I’ve stopped taking psylium husks (and stopped at the same time as starting the Symprove program) and I’ve been fine since.
Big thanks to the guys from Symprove, I happily tell people about this product and while some have been sceptical they’ve all come around and been impressed with the obvious results.
While the course can be a little expensive it’s totally worth it in my opinion.
This won’t make any difference to your lactose intolerance as it doesn’t increase the number of those type of bacteria. It is however lactose free, gluten free and contains a stupidly high number of bacteria.
If you’ve got IBS, especially one that is triggered by foods not just from stress/emotions, try this to see if it sorts you out!
If you’ve had any success dealing with ibs let me know!
This is a really good video from Adventure Archives show you how to make lactose free ghee butter, it involves clarifying the butter in the oven first, then filtering and separating the fats and the solids. Looks really tasty, very tempted to make some. All you need is some real butter. No milk solids and casein sounds really good! You can also use it for sautéing and cooking. It tastes a little different, so not sure if this would be a good alternative for baking – if you make some of this let me know!
I’m going to be honest, I haven’t had real chocolate milk in a while. Thanks to cacoa blocks and chocolate power + soy milk or lactofree milk you can make a decent hot chocolate replacement, but this Oatly Chocolate milk is new to me. It is made of oats so its soy free, dairy free, lactose free and I would assume its vegan too.
This chocolate drink is really really nice. It was hard not to drink the entire litre in one sitting. My one niggle is that it could be a little thicker, but that would be verging more on milkshake than chocolate milk (feel free to start making milkshakes too Oatly!), and you could thicken this up fairly easily if you wanted. With a little ice on a hot day its delicious. I found my Oatly chocolate milk in Tesco and I’m not sure where else you can get it, so if you spot it let me know in the comments. What do you do to quench your chocolate milk thirst if you’re lactose intolerant or trying to avoid dairy?
Would fully recommend this product and it will be going in my shopping cart next time I see it for sure!
There is a new Food law coming into effect in the EU that means all catering companies would have to list which allergens it contains, which is going to be great news for anyone with allergies like lactose intolerance or milk who can never be sure where it might be hidden! We spoke to Liz Allan from Allergy Aware Kitchen who explains this new regulation in a bit more detail.
New Food Allergen Law – Food Information Regulations (EU1169/2011)
December 13th 2014 marks the introduction of the Food Information Regulations (EU1169/2011) which is being introduced by the Food Standards Agency and DEFRA.
These regulations bring together and update a series of existing regulations regarding nutrition and allergen ingredients information.
Churros are one of my favourite snacks, and the Spanish recipe is dairy and lactose free. Perfect, if not entirely healthy!
This is one of my favourite recipes. I’ve had it cooked for me a few times, and I was shown how to make it. But I finally got around to making it myself. Its quite easy to make, its lactose and dairy free naturally. (No swapping ingredients out!). Delicious Spanish omlette, the hardest part is flipping it over just before its done. You’ll need a deep pan, that is just smaller than a dinner plate to cook this in.