Is ghee good for lactose intolerant people?
Lactose intolerance, or milk intolerance happens due to the body’s inability to digest the lactose in milk. This happens due to decrease of LCT genes, which produces the enzyme lactase that helps digest lactose. The result is abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, indigestion and mild to severe bloating whenever a dairy product is consumed.
An estimated 50-60% of the worldwide adult human population faces lactose intolerance. While avoiding dairy seems to be the only known prevention, it leads to other problems. Calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies become a major issue amongst the lactose intolerant, requiring them to look for other supplements. Both of these could lead to bone diseases in the long run.
So how is A2 ghee any different from other dairy products?
The difference is in its preparation. A2 ghee is prepared using the traditional ‘bilona’ method which has been used in Indian kitchens since centuries. Desi cow’s pure milk is first boiled and then cooled off to ensure safe consumption. The next step is mixing a spoon of curd in the milk and let is rest overnight for curdling. It is this curd that then undergoes the bilona process of being churned that separates butter (loni) from buttermilk. This butter is then boiled on a gentle flame till its water evaporates and the milk solids separate from the ghee.
The plus point of this elaborate preparation is that you get a healthy derivative without destroying the nutrition profile of milk. It is devoid of milk solids and casein, but intact when it comes to their benefits, which makes them an ideal healthy fat choice for even the lactose intolerant.
A2 ghee is a good source of Vitamin D for the user. Since Vitamin D is synthesized even through sunlight, any form of it is absorbed by the body to produce energy, a healthier heart and stronger immunity. An essential factor for bone health is that it helps the gut and the kidneys in calcium absorption, which in turn increases its proportion in the blood leading to stronger bones.
Lactose intolerance can be managed through subtle lifestyle changes as there is no permanent solution to it. A2 ghee is an easy to digest, healthy substitute which should be a part of a well-balanced diet. 1-2 small spoons a day does the trick, and you are free to take on life.