Ah summer! The season for ice-cream, creamy cocktails, cheese platters with wine and numerous cups of coffee to see you through the silly season. In short, all of the things that I can't eat because I'm lactose intolerant.
What started at around age 15 with a disagreement with a block of cheese slowly progressed to include all of my favourite things: ice-cream, milk, cheese, cream, frozen yoghurt and pretty much all of the things I enjoy eating. Over the years, I've come to terms with the fact that I can't eat dairy. The fact that so many companies now produce really yummy dairy-free products and that most coffee shops now provide soy or lactose free milk (for a small fee) has also helped. But you know what? Sometimes, I don't want to refuse that mouthwatering cheese platter. Sometimes, I really want to eat my body weight in frozen yoghurt and sometimes, nothing makes life better than a tube of Ben and Jerry's.
Enter Lacto-Free ($19.99 for 100 pills). I was pretty skeptical that two teeny tiny pills before a jumbo cup of froyo would make any difference at all. I was fully prepared to spend and uncomfortable and cramp-filled night regretted my decision. But, surprisingly, they actually work! You just pop two pills from the discreet container (it looks just like a sweetener container) and then indulge away in all of your favourite and previously forbidden dairy treats.
Most of the time, I do stick to my lactose-free alternatives but it's really nice to pop over to a BBQ and be able to eat the cheese and crackers without dying in a painful and gassy way moments later. I love that I can eat my favourite treat (frozen yoghurt) without worrying about where the nearest toilet will be. These things are honesty a God-send and I'll always be carrying some with me from now on.
Any other lactose-intolerant friends out there who have tried this?
Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinion is my own.