For those with lactose intolerances or sensitivities, there is always the question of cheese. Not only does it taste so good, but there are rumors that eating cheese after a meal is actually good for you. That’s great news! Why then, as a Bubble Child, would you want to eat cheese, and why wouldn’t you?
1. Digest: Cheese that has been produced artisanally (i.e. not American cheese singles) through some method of aging through bacteria actually has digestive properties! The “good bacteria” in cheese helps break down whatever you just put in your body post-meal. This doesn’t mean eat one pound of aged cheddar to think you’ll make more room in your stomach, but a few very decent sized bites goes a long way with processing that meal.
2. Lactose-light: Through the aging process, cheese loses its lactose. Have a lactose sensitivity? Go for really aged cheese and feel light and satisfied.
3. Non-dairy: Those with sensitivities find typically that cow’s cheese is more difficult to digest than sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses. For something really fun, try buffalo milk cheese.
DON’T EAT CHEESE:
1. It’s not aged: Super soft cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella have not been aged as long, thus making them essentially an altered form of milk. As yummy as they are, if your stomach bloats from dairy, these are the ones to avoid.
2. It’s not cheese: As mentioned above, as much as you may love those American cheese singles, they’re not really cheese. Granted, nice aged cheese or fresh goat cheese may cost a touch more, but if you have a sensitivity, you wouldn’t want to eat too much of it anyways, so simply buy less! Quality over quantity… always.
3. You have a dairy allergy: Intolerances, sensitivities, and allergies are related but not equal. If you have a dairy allergy, meaning you have an immediate immune response to dairy, this whole aging bit will not change with that bite of cheese. Also, some cheeses are aged using nuts, beer, or nut leaves, making those with gluten sensitivities and nut allergies a potential threat. If it’s got a colored rind, ask how it was made.
4. It’s been cooked: If you’re looking for digestive properties, consider the fact that cooking something kills its bacteria… fortunately. However, if you want that bacteria because you want to digest items after eating them, that 4-cheese pizza will not be the best bet.
5. It’s processed or filled with hormones: Your body doesn’t like that stuff. Why make digesting something that would already be more difficult all the more challenging?