Diet recommended by the Polish Food and Nutrition Institute
LightBox Lactose Free diet
- prepared for those suffering from lactose intolerance
- a specialized, safe diet with lactose-free products
- including a wide range of quality foods:
- lactose-free dairy products and eggs
- wholemeal unprocessed grain products (without lactose-containing milk nor milk products), nuts and seeds – with a low IG
- vegetables and fruit
- a choice of poultry (chicken, turkey, duck), red meat (beef, veal, lamb) and fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, halibut)
- safe products, trained staff, controlled meal preparation conditions
- counted for calories and around 80 macro-/micronutrients
- 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 or 2500 kcal
- 5 or 4 meals a day (no breakfast – After Ten, no evening meal – Office)
- including or not including weekends
Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance is a common ailment. In Poland, it is diagnosed in 17-37 per cent of adults. It is caused by lactase deficiency, i.e. insufficient presence in the digestive tract of the lactase enzyme, necessary to break down the sugar present in milk (not only cow milk) and in dairy products. If lactose is not fully digested in the small intestine, it goes down to the large intestine and is broken down by bacteria, which typically results in bloating, pains or cramps in the lower belly, feeling sick, and even diarrhoea. Symptoms vary individually depending on the level of lactase deficiency. Nonetheless, the treatment for all suffering from lactose intolerance is to follow a lactose-free diet.
Lactose intolerance can be passed on through families as a complete lack of lactase or its deficiency. The condition can as well result from damaged intestine villi. Some individuals also develop lactase deficiency with age. Lactose intolerance should not be confused with allergy to milk protein (caseine).
Preparing and following a lactose free diet on one’s own is difficult because not all the traditional dairy products have lactose-free replacements to be found in stores. Also, milk sugar is present not just in typical dairy products like milk or cheese, but also in many others, like bread, cakes, ready-made soups, sauces, cold meats, canned foods, breakfast cereals, sweets or desserts.
Coming next week on our Lactose Free Menu:
Chicken in almond sauce, black rice, carrots and peas
Greek moussaka, lettuce with capers and walnuts
Pumpkin cream of soup
Lamb meatballs in own juice, steamed vegetables, buckwheat groats
Millet porridge with coconut milk, fruit & nuts, baked apple
Panna cotta with fruit mousse
Souvlaki (Greek dish), steamed vegetables, green bulgur wheat
Spanish tortilla with Manchego sheep’s milk cheese and tomato-and-pepper sauce
Wholemeal pasta, broccoli and dried tomato salad
Spicy turkey with peaches, steamed vegetables, red rice
Tuna steak in lemon sauce, steamed vegetables with champignons, rice noodles with black sesame
Chia cheesecake with peach
The LightBox Lactose Free diet offers properly balanced, varied sets of lactose-free meals. It is low in cholesterol, sodium and simple sugars, high in fibre, with the right proportions of energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is also low in saturated fatty acids and high in polyunsaturated ones, including omega-6 and omega-3. At the same time, our dietitians ensured that your daily energy intake is properly distributed among meals during the day. Therefore, following the LightBox Lactose Free diet is beneficial for your health also when you are on a weight-loss plan.
To prepare lactose-free meals, we use products which are properly labelled as lactose free. They are sourced from reliable lactose-free food manufacturers, such as Mlekovita, Łowicz, Mlekpol, Temar, Arla Foods, Schar, Saluteo, Schnitzer, Bezgluten, EcoProduct and many others.
For allergy sufferers:
LightBox Lactose Free meals are prepared using a wide range of foods, including natural products and their derivatives which may in some cases cause allergies or intolerance reactions (other than lactose intolerance). These include: grain products containing gluten, eggs, fish, nuts, peanuts, soy, milk (lactose free), celery, mustard, sesame seeds and lupin. Due to this, it may be impossible for persons allergic to any of the above ingredients to use the diet. Those who do not tolerate products other than listed above and do not know whether such products can be found in LightBox meals, are kindly asked to email their questions to email@example.com or request LightBox dietician’s advice at +48 513 513 661. Before placing an order, please also let us know about any nutritional contraindications due to any, not only diet-related, diseases.