To follow up on our last post on determining whether you are allergic to gluten, it’s now time to guide you through the often perplexing world of lactose intolerance. If you’re anything like me, chances are you have at least five friends who only seem to be allergic to dairy when it suits them. I’m talking about the people who will demand only soy, almond or rice milk with their coffees but are always first to leap to their feet as soon as gelato is mentioned.
This comes down to more than just truth-bending and diet trends, as it turns out cow’s milk is particuarly high in lactose sugar (compared to other dairy products like cheese, yoghurt and icecream.) As a result those who are even mildly lactose intolerant will struggle to digest milk, but are often perfectly fine when it comes to small portions of cheddar cheese or frozen yoghurt. Some symptoms of lactose intolerance are:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
It’s important to note that these symptoms can also be linked in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. That is why it is important to book in a visit with your GP if you experience of these symptoms, as you will need to take either a blood or breath test to determine the problem.
Here at Ingredieat, we aim to educate and advise those with food allergies, however we also aim to teach the general public about the ingredients in food, allergies or no allergies. This is why we are shifting the limelight today on a little craze called Frozen Yoghurt.
Does anybody recall the Seinfeld episode ‘The Non-Fat Yoghurt’? Here is a little clip to jog your memory.
As satirical as this episode was, with everybody in New York gaining weight as they believed that they were eating the healthiest thing alive with no consequences to the waist line, it is sadly a reflection to what we are all facing today. Frozen Yoghurt is everywhere! Every suburb has their own Frozen Yoghurt joint (With Chatswood having five competing against each other, each a two minute walk a part) and people are eating these bad boys by the BUCKET full.
The trick to the success of Frozen Yoghurt (besides their delicious taste) is the fact that it is marketed to be 99% Fat Free. Great right? Not exactly-one key lesson you must learn today is that when something is 99% Fat free, it is usually loaded with 150% sugar, this is definitely the case with Frozen Yoghurt.
In an experiment between Ice Cream and Frozen yoghurt, it was found that a cup of Ice Cream contained 30 grams of sugar and 14 grams of fat. A cup of Frozen Yoghurt in comparison contained 6 grams of Fat and 37 Grams of sugar. 37! Add in the toppings of MnMs, Gummy Bears, and those strange Mochi Balls and you have a recipe for future diabetes (and sugar shock!)
We are not trying to be fun spoilers, food nazis or whatever here, but just a tip for those who do treat themselves occasionally to Frozen Yoghurt-opt for the small size! One of the largest sizes of Frozen Yoghurts is sure to contain more sugar than two soft drinks combined, and go eaaaaasy on the toppings-perhaps some strawberries and lychee might beat the gummy bears, oreos, tim tams, yoghurt drops, honey comb pieces….okay we don’t want to be here all night.
Enjoy your Wednesday!