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Milk Ranked Among the Top 8 Offenders for Food Allergies



Sep 12, 2010
Cow's milk contains over twenty five completely different molecules, which have the potential to elicit an allergic reaction. No marvel milk is repeatedly ranked among the prime eight offenders for food allergies! After all, several doctors, scientists, and health specialists recommend going dairy free as an initial test when a food allergy is suspected.

What Specifically may be a Milk Allergy?

Though they're typically muddled together in conversation, milk allergies and lactose intolerance are quite different. A food allergy is identified as an abnormal and heightened response of the immune system to bound components (most notably proteins) at intervals a food. In milk, the two leading allergy offenders are the milk proteins called casein and whey. Casein is that the curd that forms when milk is left to sour. Whey is the watery half that is left after the curd is removed. A food intolerance is when you develop symptoms after eating a food that your body cannot address effectively, but it does not involve an immune response.

Some scientists believe that there's solely one type of "true food allergy" whereas others report studies of 2, 3, and even four variations of food allergies. For simplicity sake we tend to can simply note the two most commonly sited allergy categories: immediate hypersensitivity reaction and delayed hypersensitivity reaction. In immediate hypersensitivity situations symptoms could begin to seem within minutes of ingesting the offending food. Just like the approach your friend's Aunt Martha blows up like a balloon the second she takes a bite of that chocolate bar laced with peanuts. Delayed hypersensitivity reactions have received little attention till recently, thus not too much is known concerning them as of yet. It is believed that these varieties of reactions elicit a different response from the immune system than the immediate hypersensitivity. With delayed hypersensitivity, symptoms have an onset time of 6 to 24 hours once eating an offending food, tend to reach their peak at about 48 hours, and gradually subside over seventy two-ninety six hours. For each immediate and delayed reactions, symptoms might be very mild, and even go unnoticed (i.e. rash or eczema),or they'll be quite severe (i.e. Aunt Martha).

How Common are Milk Allergies?

It was previously thought that milk allergies occurred solely in infants, which the matter subsided previous to adulthood. Unfortunately, for many people this just is not so. The numbers are all over the board, however it's estimated that anywhere from a pair of to 7.5% of infants have an allergy to cow's milk. Studies show that approximately 60% of infants allergic to cow's milk will "outgrow" the allergy by the age of 4, eighty% by the age of 6. Bonus for those people, however this leaves up to 4.five million individuals in the U.S. alone with a potential milk allergy. This is often a lot of than "just some" individuals by our estimates. To complicate things further, it seems that it is attainable for adults to develop a milk allergy with no childhood history of allergies. Another fascinating truth, symptoms related to milk allergy have the potential to morph over time. One study followed a group of milk allergic youngsters and located that at the beginning of the study most of the children had primarily gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea),but by the top of the study, several had changed to respiratory symptoms such as wheezing.

What are the Symptoms of Milk Allergies?

Kind of like different food allergies, the majority of milk allergy symptoms will be lumped into three "reaction" classes:

Skin: Itchy, Red Rash; Eczema; Hives; "Shiners" or Black Eyes; Aphthous Ulcers (canker sores) Swelling of the Lips, Mouth, Tongue, Face, or Throat.
Digestive: Abdominal Pain; Abdominal Cramps; Abdominal Bloating; Diarrhea; Gas; Nausea; Vomiting.

Respiratory: Runny Nose / Congestion; Sneezing; Watery Eyes; Itchy Eyes; Coughing; Wheezing; Shortness of Breath; Recurrent "colds"; Sinusitis.
To the pleasant surprise of many "psychological" sufferers, current analysis has uncovered a fourth class of symptoms, known as Behavioral. Several doctors currently believe that food allergies, as well as dairy, might be a right away cause of fatigue, migraine headaches, hyperactivity (ADHD),irritability, night-waking, anxiety, and sore muscles and joints

As noted higher than, these symptoms might be gentle or severe and life threatening; they could appear immediately or over a period of several days; and they will vary in response primarily based on gentle, moderate, and massive quantities of milk intake.

How Do I Recognize if I Have a Milk Allergy?

There are various totally different types of clinical allergy tests on the market, all with varying levels of effectiveness, but many doctors are moving towards elimination diets. An elimination diet will simply determine a negative effect to a food, whether or not it's an allergy, intolerance, or a pure mystery, regardless of what the individual take a look at results say. Doctors and patients are usually happy with this method as it is simple, free, highly effective, and tailored to the individual.

Can Milk Allergies Be Treated?

Like most allergies, avoiding the offending substance is the prime suggested treatment.

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VIP Strength Advisor
Sep 15, 2010
interesting Ive drank a gallon a milk a day all my life never had any problems sounds like propaganda to me


Senior Member
Oct 12, 2010
I know many people that have milk (actually lactose - lactic acid) allergies. They can be just as deadly as peanuts! Thankfully, I haven't found any food I'm allergic too. However, airborne allergens are another story. I suffer like hell from those.


Oct 28, 2010
Good read, but I still drink 1/2 gallon ED during bulking. Actually I love dairy in general :)

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The Veganator
Dec 23, 2012
There's so many great alternatives to milk nowadays (that taste good as well). I haven't drank it in years, I much prefer to use milk alternatives like oat, rice or almond milk. I had suffered from bad sinus problems for most of my life that went when I removed dairy from my diet.

Another funny thing is that people often say that they drink milk to help their bones stay strong ~ I believe this is not actually the case. When you look at the countries that have the highest dairy intake (USA, Germany, Finland, NZ, Sweden and Scandinavia) you will also notice that these same countries have the highest incidence of osteoporosis, and this is backed up by the WHO.

Only 35% of calcium from dairy is absorbed as it has relatively poor bioavailability. This is largely due to it's high phosphorous and low magnesium content ~ something which will hinder calcium absorption.