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be an industrywide priority.
" The dairy checkoff has invested with
companies to drive innovation and we also
share research-based consumer insights across
the industry, " he said. " We know that when it
comes to consumers' beverage choices, one of
every two occasions is based on a health and
wellness decision. Lactose-free dairy is a cost of
entry for many people. "
According to Dr. Chris Cifelli, senior vice
president of nutrition research for the National
Dairy Council, the first thing to understand
about lactose intolerance is that it's often
misunderstood.
" Some people may wrongly self-diagnose
themselves as being lactose intolerant, " he said.
" Others also confuse a food allergy with a food
intolerance, mistakenly believing the allergy can
be prevented or cured. This is why it's always
important to consult with a physician. "
A food allergy is completely different from
an intolerance, Cifelli said.
" A food allergy involves an immune reaction
and can lead to more serious symptoms like
swollen airways, " he said. " Cow's milk is among
the eight food allergens - including eggs, peanut,
tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish - that
account for most cases of food allergies in
the United States. It is an immune reaction to
the protein found in milk - casein - and could
develop in infancy. "
Cifelli explained that cow's milk allergy is a
relatively common allergy in early childhood. In
fact, he said, approximately 2 to 3% of infants
in developed countries are reported to have it,
but most children with a cow's milk allergy will
develop a natural tolerance or outgrow it by
age 3.
" There is no simple test for diagnosing a
food allergy, including to cow's milk protein, "
Cifelli said. " Instead, physicians use a
combination of medical history, a food specific
skin prick test, food specific serum IgE test and/
or confirm using an oral food challenge. There
is no treatment for a cow's milk allergy other
than eliminating cow's milk and other dairy
The
education and
availability
for lactosefree
milk,
supported by
investment in
new products
and marketing,
has yielded a
multi-milliondollar
milk
segment. "
Paul Ziemnisky, Dairy
Management Inc.
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