DairyFood & NutritionQ&AThe Harcombe Diet

If we avoid dairy products in Phase 1, how is NLY OK?

Q) If we avoid dairy products in Phase 1, how is NLY OK?

A) Great Q on the dairy/Natural Live Yoghurt – I can’t believe I haven’t had that one before!

Phase 1 came about by looking at the ‘perfect diets’ for Candida, Food Intolerance and Hypoglycaemia and then trying to design a diet that would be optimal for all 3. The diets were very consistent in some areas and differed in others. (Even the diets for Candida vary – Trowbridge & Walker advise differently to Crook and Chaitow is slightly different again). The compromise I went for, in designing Phase 1, was to allow NLY as it is so beneficial for Candida and there is much evidence (see below) that even people with lactose intolerance don’t have problems with yoghurt. Add to this that I have seen 1 or 2 clients with lactose intolerance and about 99% with wheat intolerance and you decide that NLY is a very low risk. And it adds so much variety and enjoyment to those tough 5 days!

“Yogurt containing live active bacteria is believed to improve lactose digestion for the same reason that probiotics are thought to work. When yogurt is consumed, bile acids disrupt the cell wall of the bacteria in yogurt. This releases the enzyme beta-galactosidase (related to lactase) into the intestines, where it can enhance lactose digestion. Not any yogurt will do. It must contain live active bacteria.

Although yogurt is a milk product, many people with lactose intolerance do not experience symptoms after eating yogurt, even the kind that doesn’t contain live active bacteria.”

(Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/lactose_intoler.htm )