When Milk Chocolate turns Sour: The Hidden Lactose and Dairy Allergens in Your Milk Chocolate and the Delicious Alternatives

If you love milk chocolate but sometimes feel unwell after indulging, you may be experiencing a dairy allergy, lactose intolerance, or another dairy-related condition.

But what if we told you that you could still enjoy your favorite treat without the dairy distress? Enter the game-changer – our oat and rice milk chocolate bars. A delightful alternative that’s not just dairy-free but also packed with flavour.

Let’s explore the issues of dairy and lactose allegies and intolerances, and discover delicious dairy-free chocolate alternatives that are “whey” better for you!

Dairy Milk Chocolate Allergies, Intolerances, and Related Conditions

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1. Lactose Intolerance: A Common Digestive Disorder

Lactose intolerance is a prevalent digestive disorder where the body is unable to effectively digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products12. This condition arises when the small intestine lacks enough of an enzyme called lactase, which is responsible for breaking down lactose into simpler sugars for absorption12. As a result, undigested lactose travels to the colon, where it interacts with gut bacteria, leading to various symptoms1.

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

People with lactose intolerance may experience3:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas or flatulence
  • Nausea

2. Dairy Allergy: An Immune System Response

A dairy allergy involves an immune system response to specific proteins present in dairy, triggering allergic reactions that can range from mild to severe12. The immune system mistakenly identifies dairy proteins as harmful invaders and releases chemicals like histamine to defend the body4.

Symptoms of Dairy Allergy

Symptoms of a dairy allergy can include4:

  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, or throat

3. Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance: A Less Common Condition

Cow’s milk protein intolerance (CMPI) is a condition where the body’s immune system reacts unusually to the protein found in cow’s milk5. This reaction can cause injury to the stomach and intestines5.

Symptoms of Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance

Symptoms of CMPI can include657:

  • Eczema
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Colic
  • Failure to gain weight

4. Other Conditions Related to Dairy Products

Dairy products can also contribute to other health conditions8910:

  • Eczema: A skin condition that causes dry and itchy patches11.
  • Headaches: Pain or throbbing in the head or face12.
  • Joint Pain: Discomfort, pain, or inflammation arising from any part of a joint13.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Inability to focus or maintain attention14151617.
  • Anaphylaxis: A severe allergic reaction to venom, food, or medication1819.
  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis: Conditions characterized by low bone density3.
  • Malnutrition and Weight Loss: Deficiency of certain vital nutrients in a person’s diet3.

The Sweet Revolution: Oat and Rice Milk Chocolate Bars

Bite into Bliss: Our Lactose Free Chocolate Bars are a Game Changer

Our oat and rice milk chocolate bars are more than just a sweet treat. They’re a beacon of hope for those navigating the choppy waters of dairy-related conditions. They’re proof that dietary restrictions don’t have to mean flavour restrictions. So, whether you’re lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy, or simply choosing to avoid dairy, these bars have got you covered.

The Art of Crafting Dairy Free and Lactose Free Chocolate Bars

Our chocolate making process is a labour of love, and it all starts with grinding. We grind our chocolate in stone grinders until every particle is perfectly smooth. But we don’t stop there. We also conche our chocolate for over 50 hours to develop its flavour and texture.

The real game-changer are the dairy free milks. We add oat and rice milk to the grinder, ensuring a smooth blend that gives our chocolate its unique, creamy texture. And the best part? Every bar is handmade with care, because we believe that good things take time.

So, next time you’re craving a chocolate fix, remember: there’s a dairy-free alternative waiting to satisfy your sweet tooth. And who knows? You might just find that oat and rice milk chocolate bars are your new choco-latte love! So, go ahead, take a bite, and join the sweet revolution.

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  1. What are the common symptoms of a dairy allergy?
    Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include rash, hives, itching, bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  2. Can you have a chocolate allergy?
    Yes, although it’s rare, it’s possible to be allergic to chocolate. However, most people who react to chocolate are actually reacting to the dairy or nuts it may contain.
  3. Is there dairy in all types of chocolate?
    Not all types of chocolate contain dairy. Dark chocolate is often dairy-free, but it’s important to check the label as some brands may still include milk products.
  4. Can lactose intolerant individuals eat chocolate?
    It depends on the individual and the type of chocolate. Dark chocolate and dairy-free chocolate are usually safe for lactose intolerant individuals.
  5. Can you develop a dairy allergy later in life?
    Yes, it’s possible to develop a dairy allergy at any age.
  6. How is a dairy allergy diagnosed?
    A dairy allergy can be diagnosed through a skin prick test or a blood test.
  7. How is a dairy allergy treated?
    The most effective treatment for a dairy allergy is to avoid dairy products. Some individuals may also carry an epinephrine auto-injector for emergencies.
  8. Can a dairy allergy be outgrown?
    Some children outgrow their dairy allergy, but it’s less common for adults to do so.
  9. What is the difference between a dairy allergy and lactose intolerance?
    A dairy allergy involves an immune response to the proteins in milk, while lactose intolerance involves a lack of the enzyme needed to digest the lactose in milk.


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