• Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
1 1
  • entries
  • comment
  • views

Q&a: All About Dairy

1 1


Sometimes people send me questions, and I'd like to share the answers. I'm going to start posting these Q&A's as blogs, with personal details obscured. If you send me a question and *don't* want me to share it, or want specific things changed, please let me know. Here's the first:
I can not link to books on this site. If you want the links with pictures, view the original post.

I wanted to say I liked your posts about the GAPS diet but I know nothing about it. I'm interested in learning more. Is there are book? Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet goes with SCD and I have looked at that some and am considering it. I would appreciate any guidance you can give me in that regard. Sounds like a better variation of what I am doing which is meat, nuts, water and minimal veggies...and then chocolate when I break down! Ha! It's true. I've been gluten free for 7 months and just wanted to fine tune things. I already eliminated all grains. Thanks in advance. I don't tolerate dairy so not so sure about the kefir? or yogurt, but maybe there is a key I don't have.

Yes, there is a book! Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. Definitely get the newest edition. If you want a quicker read with very easy instructions, you can also try the GAPS Guide (Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain).

Even though you've been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, if you decide to do GAPS I'd definitely start with the Introduction Diet and take reintroducing foods very slowly.

As for the dairy, it depends on the reason you don't tolerate it. This diet is aimed at restoring gut health, so you may heal enough to be able to have it. Also, changing the forms in which you try dairy could make a difference. Reading the book will give more details about it, but I'll try a quick synopsis.

Lactose: Lactose is the sugar found in milk. It is a disaccharide sugar, which needs processing to be digested. Celiac guts have damaged villi, and villi are where the lactase necessary to digest lactose is made. If you have damaged villi, lactose will be a problem until they heal!

Casein: Casein is the protein found in milk. Like grains, it is one of the bigger proteins and is prone to turning into an opiate form (casomorphins) and getting through the gut and into the body and wrecking havoc like gluteomorphins do. People who have an anaphylactic response or histamine response (like a runny nose) to milk are having an IgE reaction to casein.

Cultured and fermented dairy (Kefir & Yogurt): In cultured and fermented foods, bacteria and/or yeasts do the work of digesting the sugars for you. Yogurt that is adequately cultured does not have lactose in it. Same deal with milk kefir. This makes them safe to eat for many people with an intolerance to lactose. Much of the casein gets processed by the fermenting microbes as well. This process is generally not complete in the yogurt or kefir you would get in the store. Also, the pasturized milk used only has the introduced cultures, not the good natural stuff you get when you do it at home with raw milk. We use raw, organic milk for our yogurt and kefir, and are careful not to heat it too high before culturing it. (We'll be putting blogs up with step-by-step instructions soon.)

Ghee: Ghee is clarified butter. Butter is already naturally low in lactose, because the lactose stays in the liquid that comes off in the churning process. When you make ghee, you remove the casein protein from the butter. This changes the butter so that it can be used to cook with at high temperatures, and makes it safer for some people who are sensitive to casein. Ghee is fine to buy in the store, but we prefer to make our own from organic unsalted butter. All you do is put a bunch of butter in a heavy saucepan, heat it for about a half hour so that it bubbles and foams (but doesn't scorch), then skim off all the foam. Then you set up a funnel with a filter or cheesecloth and pour it into a jar. It can be stored on the counter. (We'll put up instructions soon.)

All this said, I'm not suggesting you go nuts on the dairy if it's been giving you problems! Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, (the person who came up with GAPS) suggests doing a sensitivity test before introducing new foods - you take a bit of the food and place it inside your wrist at night and look at it for any reaction in the morning. Reaction=not ready for that food. Please consult your health care provider before introducing any food you've ever had a severe reaction to in the past!

I hope some of this helps!
Joy [b]
1 1


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now