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Being lactose intolerant means that unfortunately there are a lot of things that don't agree with me. Although at the beginning I missed certain food items like cheese, I was really upset about not being able to have simple things like a nice cup of tea. I don't mind black tea, but I really enjoy a nice cup of decafe milky tea before bed. Personally, I love soya milk but it isn't a substitute for cow's milk, when heated soya milk can be temperamental and often split not really making it the best to add to coffee or tea unless you want to take the time to heat it up properly and slowly.
When I first discovered the lacto free milk range I was overjoyed and I buy at least a couple of cartoons of this per week. It is much more expensive than regular cow's milk, but it is worth every penny if like me you are lactose intolerant. I am not sure of the intricacies behind how they make this milk, but essentially it is cow's milk that has been processed differently to remove the lactose that causes problems for me and a lot of other people out there.
As far as I am aware it is only available in either semi-skimmed or full fat and not the skimmed form. However, personally I don't really see this as a problem, the semi-skimmed is great for the majority of daily needs, such as cereal and tea, while the full fat comes in very handy for cooking or some baking recipes or if you just fancy a lovely treat.
The lacto free milk is easy to identify on the shelves with either a green or blue cow patch design and the name lactofree clearly visible. It comes in a cardboard carton with a screw tap lid. I have almost always found that the expiry dates for these milk products have been much better than the standard milk, so they will last a while unless you drink them quickly.
In our household I am the main milk drinker and my husband has some from time to time, as such we both just drink this lactose free milk. I can't remember what regular milk tastes like but he doesn't notice a difference nor has anyone else that has entered my house for a cup of tea, so I presume it tastes pretty much the same.
As I have mentioned this milk is more expensive than regular milk, from memory a litre of this tends to cost around £1.30. For me this is still a bargain to be able to drink milk and it doesn't really add that much to the weekly shop that I would unduly complain.
I think this is one product that really does merit full marks, it gets a well earned five out of five stars from me. If cow's milk doesn't agree with you or you are lactose intolerant then I really would suggest trying this milk as it tastes every bit as good as regular milk, but without the lactose.
Just as a side note, Lactofree offer a range of other products such as yogurts, soft cheese and a rather nice hard cheese, which can all be found in most larger supermarkets.
Lactofree milk (lactose free) is perfect for anyone who is lactose intolerant.
When I found I was lactose intolerant I was devastated because I loved milk and loved a daily glass of milk with my breakfast. I went to Tesco's and bought soya milk, which I absolutely despised. Not good. However, I heard that this new brand had come out, lactofree milk and I just had to try it.
At just under £1.50 for 1L, it's a little pricey, but oh my gosh, it's worth it! It tastes just like milk and doesn't have that sweetness added to it like the American versions. It's perfect for any lactose intolerant sufferers because they can still have milk without the cramps, nausea and other symptoms caused by lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance is the inability to metabolize lactose, because of a lack of the required enzyme lactase in the digestive system, so when lactofree milk was produced, it's filtered to remove the lactose so lactose intolerant sufferers dont get the dreaded symptoms.
It's obviously a very popular product, as every time I go to buy more it's always sold out so I always buy in bulk the long life version rather than the chilled version now.
It comes in semi - skimmed and whole milk versions. The same company how now expanded to making cheese and yoghurt so they are doing well on the market.
I'm glad this product was made, so I can enjoy my milk again!
WHAT IS IT?
Lactofree is a range of milks, yoghurts, and cheeses that have the lactose removed by gentle filtering by the company Arla. Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products that often cause stomach upsets and digestive problems caused often by a lactose intolerance.
WHAT IS IN THEIR RANGE?
Fresh semi-skimmed milk
Fresh wholefat milk
UHT semi-skimmed milk
Raspberry and strawberry individuals portions of yoghurt in packs of 4
Plain large pots of yoghurt
Soft white cheese
WHAT IS SO GOOD ABOUT IT?
For those people with lactose intolerance (like myself), before Lactofree was around we had little choice: soya, oat, rice alternatives just do not taste as nice and capsules of 'lactase enzyme' from Holland & Barrett are an extremely costly way to enjoy a yoghurt or glass of milk.
Lactofree has no taste removed from its products and is far less likely to cause stomach problems like the varieties with lactose in.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I have tried their milks, fruity yoghurts, and hard cheese and have mixed opinions. Their milk is so similar to normal milk that I now use it all the time - even guest get it in their coffee or tea and do not notice a thing, I am grateful for this product's existence!
Their yoghurts are inoffensive and nice to the taste but the only problem I have is that they should do more flavours - peach, black cherry, are all a distant memory for me... sob.
Sadly, the cheese I will not be buying again - luckily for me, I tend to be okay with regular cheddar. It is rubbery, flavourless, and nondescript. I will be sticking to Cathedral City from now on.
It has none of its nutrients removed and is great used in cooking or hot drinks, so you get all the benefits that regular dairy products offer. I cannot say it is safe for everyone - some people have severe allergies to dairy produce and should seek advice from their doctor.
My daughter suffers from eczema which is a dry skin condition and there is no real cure. You can use moisturisers and steroid cream but that's about it. She was unwell recently and for about 5-6 days she did not drink any milk, as a result her eczema cleared up significantly.
It got me to thinking. She loves milk, has a glass in the morning at breakfast, often for supper with cookies as an occasional treat, and on cereal, so I wanted to find a product that she could enjoy but also had no lactose. I figured that if lactose is hard to digest and many people have intolerances to milk, I thought I would try to cut it out and see if there was any significant improvement.
That's were Lactofree came in. I've tried soya milk in the past, but I knew my daughter would not like it as it tastes nothing at all like milk. I was really surprised that Lactofree tastes almost exactly like regualr milk. You can tell it's a little different, but not so much that it would put you off.
Lactofree is semi skimmed, and each 200ml serving, at 81 calories provides 28% of my daughters RDA of calcium, and 140% RDA of vitamin B12, so I'm confident she is not missing out on any important vitamins or minerals. It needs to be stored in a fridge, and once opened must be used within 3 days, not necessarily the date on the milk carton (they seem to have a long date code).
My daughter has been drinking this now for over a week, and her eczema is not nearly as bad as it was while she was drinking regular milk. I'm going to continue with this product as I'm very happy with the health benefits she is receiving.
I purchased mine from Morrisons at only £1, which is a great buy (it's £1.75 at Sainsbury's). I hope to try other Lactofree products soon.
Having suffered from lactose intolerance for many years I have got into the habit of simply avoiding dairy products. I tried soya milk which curdled in my tea and tasted vile. I occasionally had goats milk but I do find it has a rather "goaty" taste (although the semi skimmed is less bad). I therefore started to drink my tea and coffee black and have toast instead of cereal in the mornings. However I really missed being able to have something in a white sauce or custard once in a while so when I saw Lactofree I thought I would give it a go.
Lactofree is basically normal milk that has been treated to convert the lactose into something more digestable and for me it works! It comes in full fat and semi skimmed and fresh or longlife. Having not drunk cows milk for many years I am not quite sure how it compares but as far as I can remember it is very similar and my partner seems quite happy to drink it if we run out of milk.
I originally bought some long life so I always had some in stock to cook with. However I was so impressed by the taste that I have now started to buy the fresh as well and gone back to having cereals in the mornings. After years of black tea and coffee I can't fancy putting milk in them again though.
All in all I am very impressed with this product. I have none of my intolerance problems when I drink it and I have finally found a milk replacement that tastes nice.
After struggling for most of my childhood life with the inability to stay away from dairy products and the other health issues that resulted from this, my mother came across lactofree in the super market. I was indeed very sceptical before trying it, as if you've ever tried soya mashed potato you'd understand. But it seemed like a godsend. Its a bit of a dead give away when some one looks in your fridge as I found out after moving to university, but it's better than the consequences of real milk. My father also recently realised that his dietry problems were also probably down to dairy and switched to lactofree too, so our house hardly contains any "real milk", so one problem we find is when making some one a cup of tea. They tend to be a bit iffy when you offer them slightly fake milk and they try to convince you it doesnt taste right. I put this down to preconceptions, as a person with a developed aversion to milk I find the stuff tastier than the real thing.
One issue, as I'm now buying the stuff for one person as most households would I imagine, I find myself wishing they did it in single pints, one can only eat so many bowls of porridge.
Thank goodness for lactofree!
After becoming lactose intolerant a year ago I found it hard to adjust to life without dairy. The one thing I missed the most was a proper cup of tea!
I tried all the different milk alternatives I could find - I hated soya from the first mouthful, oat milk was ok but a bit porridge-y and although I found rice milk acceptable it just didnt taste right after years of drinking real milk. I also found that rice milk was a nightmare in tea - sometimes I would make a cup and it would be perfect, but the majority of the time the rice milk separated from the tea in billowing clouds. Yuck! I tried everything - boiling water, cooler water, milk in first, milk in last but no success.
Then I came across an advert in a magazine for lactofree, and looked for it in Tesco - and they had some! Im not sure how I hadnt noticed it before, it was on a shelf above the cages of normal milk, but I guess I just hadnt expected to see something I could have there.
Lactofree is real milk which has been made almost 100% free of lactose by a combination of filtering and the addition of the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose.
It was so nice to have a proper cup of tea, and even now 6 months after discovering it I still really appreciate every cuppa! It is also really nice to be able to make a milkshake or some cocoa when I fancy it.
The only complaints I have about lactofree are that it is only available in semi-skimmed or full fat - I have always used skimmed and find the semi-skimmed a bit too creamy (although definitely still better than rice milk!) and also the lactofree products arent available everywhere, especially not in smaller local shops, and I find that the shelf space for lactofree in my nearest tesco is often empty when I do my shopping. I get around this by buying them in bulk when they do have them as the dates are quite long, but it is still frustrating!
Being lactose intolerant means cows milk is a no no... Well, that was until Lactofree came along with their Lactofree milk!
Unlike other lactose free milks (rice milk, oat milk etc), Lactofree is actually cows milk, but it has been filtered to remove half of the lactose and then lactase enzyme is added to break down the remaining lactose so lactose intolerant bodies can absorb it. Nothing else is added or removed. This milk also contains the same calcium levels as normal cows milk, so it great for growing lactose intolerant kids.
As this is essentially normal cows milk with the lactose taken out & broken down, Lactofree milk can be used exactly the same as you would use normal cows milk. In the past I've always gone for rice milk as I quite like it's taste, but I've found that this Lactofree milk actually works better in cooking. For example, parsley sauce made with rice milk tends to be of a thin consistency, where as parsley sauce made with Lactofree milk has a nice thick-ish consistence.
Taste-wise, you would never know the difference. I've poured myself a glass of Lactofree Chilled Whole Milk and it tastes exactly the same as any other whole milk. (Yes, despite being an adult, I still prefer the taste of full fat whole milk to watery semi skimmed!).
Lactofree milk is available in 1 litre cartons of Chilled Whole Milk, Long Life Whole Milk, Chilled Semi Skimmed Milk and Long Life Semi Skimmed Milk. Each carton has a RRP (recommended retail price) of £1.37, but my last carton of Lactofree Chilled Whole Milk cost me £1.30 from Tesco.
So, if you want to drink cows milk (or use it in recipes) without getting the reactions & side effects then this is the milk for you! It tastes like cows milk and actually is cows milk, just without the lactose!
Lactofree also do lactose-free yogurt and cheese, which are well worth checking out. Now, if only they'd make some Lactofree Milk Chocolate!
**What is it?**
Lactofree is milk, pure and simply, but it also happens to be 99.9% lactose free, the sugar in milk that causes allergic reactions in many lactose intolerant people.
It is the UK's ONLY lactose free product range on the market, and a relatively new addition to our supermarkets, so new in fact it can be hard to find and often sells out quickly.
**How does it work?**
Well they filter the milk to remove half the lactose, they then add lactase, an enzyme that breaks up lactose, and frequently lacking in allergy sufferers, to the milk to break up the lactose and make it easily digestible.
**How does it taste**
Lactofree milk tastes like milk, in fact my partner prefers the fresh taste of lactofree milk to 'normal' milk. It is clean and refreshing and if you have ever tasted (or seen) soya milk, you will understand when I say it is also WHITE (not yellow). Unlike other dairy free alternatives, it really does act and taste like normal milk, for example I used it to make angel delight and it actually set, if you use soya, it stays liquid.
It comes in full cream as well as semi-skimmed although both carry a steep price tag of around 1.30 per litre.
**Does it work**
In reasonable amount I find lactofree milk to be just fine, however, with my overly sensitive stomach, the full cream variety and excessive amount of the semi skimmed will upset my stomach. But if i just want some in a cup of coffee, tea or bowl of cereal, it really does work.
I used to take lactase enzyme tablets to try and quell the reactions to dairy, but the result as not anywhere near as good as this. Although if you combined them, it might be even better.
An inspired product, when i first saw it on TV I was out there in seconds looking for it, we (lactose intolerant people) have been waiting for years for a product like this, but fear not, your wait is over, you CAN enjoy dairy products (if you can afford it).
This company has saved me! Whilst soya products are good for those like myself who are allergic to milk, they lack the taste of real "cow juice".
Thanks to Lacto free I can finally have milk that is real dairy milk from a cow after seven long years. The taste is identical to that of real milk, yoghurt or cheese. I have tried four of their products so far and all of them are great and identical to the real deal.
"How do you know this?" you may, ask as I myself am lactose intolerant. Well my girlfriend and some friends also were interested to try these products, thinking that they would be substandard and not as good as the real stuff. So this is not from a totally bias, lactose intolerant reviewer's viewpoint.
None of my friends could tell the difference between the Lacto Free products or the original counterparts. The milk is identical to dairy milk, as is the cheese and the yoghurt. It is really quite outstanding as I never thought I would be able to have cheese again. I can now share a pizza with my girlfriend, have a lasagne or even just the classic cheese on toast.
Lacto Free has improved my life. I love cooking but I was limited to only non dairy recipes or dairy recipes where I could use unsweetened soya or the soya alternative to cream (as these two alternatives taste the same when in cooking). Now I can make almost any recipe and it really has made my life easier.
Now I sound like a fan boy so I will break it down by product and say why each is better:
Lacto Free Semi Skimmed and Whole milk
Well I have never been a fan of full fat milk myself but I did try it just to be sure, it is rich and condensed just like dairy whole milk. I find it a tad too sugary and it has the same negative drawbacks of dairy whole milk, in terms of being more fatty and unhealthy than its semi skimmed counterpart.
The semi skimmed milk is identical to semi skimmed dairy milk. I argue that this is better than soya milk because it tastes better in teas, coffees and milkshakes, as well as on cereal.
While soya milk did allow me to have a milk experience for seven years it did lack in flavour. Do not get me wrong, soya milk is good but it does have a distinct taste and it does taste different to dairy milk. When I became adverse to milk I began to have soya teas and they just didn't taste as nice as a tea with a hint of cow's milk. This meant that I had to have my tea black as well as my coffee.
Now Lacto Free is around I can enjoy the pleasures of cereal and drinks again as they are experienced by most other people.
Lacto Free Strawberry and Raspberry Yoghurts
To be honest soya yoghurt is not too dissimilar from dairy yoghurt; I cannot taste too much difference, sometimes none at all depending on the flavour.
This for me made the Lacto Free yoghurt the least interesting out of the four products that I found. Still this is not a criticism as they taste and have the texture of your standard smooth strawberry or raspberry youghurt.
Lacto Free Semi Hard Cheese
Now this is the product that really won me over. Real Cheese! Not being able to have cheese has been the drawback of many nights dining out and many cooking sessions for me. Since I have been lactose intolerant there have been many nights out to restaurants where nearly everything on the menu has included cheese, these restaurants were a selection of Italian, Spanish and of course Pizza restaurants. Often these have been parties or celebrations that I could not really turn down.
A small variety of restaurants have the habit of writing their menus in a foreign language, which for me who is allergic to a fair selection of substances is a large disadvantage. I often order something that has "no dairy" but is filled with cream or milk. I also sometimes brave it and think "Oh a little dairy will not hurt. Then in both situations I get very sick pretty quickly and put a negative dent in what should have been a good night out.
Whilst Lacto Free won't help me in my restaurant travels maybe, one day it will.
More importantly this product can help me at home. I can now experience the food that people dine on in a restaurant and have cheese based meals once again, which may mean that i do not have the craving to try it when if should not.
My girlfriend also loves her cheese based meals, such as cheesy pasta, pizza, lasagne and as a topping to many meals. Now I can actually cook these meals for us both to enjoy rather than making separate dishes.
Lacto Free Soft White Cheese
Is also a great product that is identical to cream cheese that can be used as a lovely spread, which is rich in flavour. The cream cheese is great when spread on crackers or on a bagel with cucumber.
In short Lacto produucts have improved my life and made my cooking easier.
I'm not lactose intolerant, but my partner is, and she came across this milk (amusingly they have to call it a 'dairy drink' although it is only milk with added enzymes to break down the lactose) almost by accident in the supermarket. She was looking at the various grain milks (soya, oat, rice) and saw a family buying loads of cartons of this stuff further down the aisle.
She had never given it a second thought thanks to the great big picture of a cow stamped on the front - tends to signify milk! Perhaps they are shooting themselves in the foot with this one, although it also signifies their main selling point; the grain milks are ok but they tend to be a bit oily (vegetable oil being added) and floury. This tastes of milk because that's pretty much what it is.
It works perfectly well with her digestion, so the main purpose of it is achieved. It's also good for adding to tea and coffee, where you can often taste the grain milks far too easily (although I do like soya hot chocolate).
It also seems to keep well. The cartons are similar to screw-top orange juice cartons (they also have a flip top) so they stack well in the fridge and keep things fresh, and I don't know whether it's the lack of lactose or something else but it seems to last longer than ordinary milk. The UHT version tastes alright also.
One word of caution though - if you do eat dairy but your partner likes this stuff, don't switch over entirely - you can lose your ability to make lactose enzyme if you avoid dairy completely even if you don't normally have an intolerance.
I used to be severely lactose intolerant as a baby, but have managed to introduce milk based products over the years. However as i drink a lot of tea I was finding that after the second cup of the day, I started to feel very bloated.
After seeing the adverts on TV, I decided to give it a try. It's great in tea which it about the only thing we use milk, and now I can drink all the tea I want without the bloating!
I have tried cooking various things with it, and I have to say, it doesn't taste quite right. My partner made yorkshire puddings using the Lactofree milk, but they didn't seem to come out as well as normal milk. I tried using it it in a white sauce, but it didn't mix well with the flour and butter "roux".
Over all it's a great product, and find that, if I stick to using the lactofree milk at home, i'm ok with having normal milk when i go out. It's available as whole milk or semi-skimmed.
My poor husband has suffered for years with a lactose intolerance. He was never "officially" diagnosed, but had the common symptoms of it - stomach ache (and gurgling!), diarrhoea, and genereal bloating and uncomfortable-ness after having milk. To combat it he just adjusted his diet to help - rarely ate cheese, and did not have cereal in the mornings. We were not aware that there was such a thing as lactose free milk.
We stumbled across Lactofree in Tesco's while shopping one day - and thought we would give it a go.
Lactofree is made by Arla and comes in a 1 litre carton with a pour spout on top - not like a normal milk carton but more like a juice carton. The packaging is in their trademark colours of white, black and green with a picture of a cow on it.
At £1.37 a litre this is more expensive than "regular" milk, but we are willing to pay for this as it is worth every penny.
Lactose is the sugars which is naturally found in cow's milk. People who are lactose intolerant do not have the ability to digest this sugar.
Lactofree is made with cow's milk, but the milk is filtered to remove most of the lactose. They then add Lactase enzyme which breaks down the remaining sugars into simpler forms which the body can more easily digest, without having all the stomach cramps!!
We have regular semi-skimmed milk as well as Lactofree Semi-Skimmed in our house, and I have to say that the two are very similar. Lactofree looks and smells exactly like regular milk, if anything i would say that it has a more creamy taste. Sometimes I even sneak some of this into my tea and porridge as its so tasty!! You can use it in cooking where you would use regular milk - my husband can now enjoy yorkshire puddings with his roast dinner again thanks to Lactofree.
Compared to regular semi skimmed milk, Lactofree has less calories per 100ml - Lactofree has just 39 calories whereas regular milk has 50 calories. Each 200ml serving gives 30% of your recommended allowance of calcium, 30% of your allowance of vitamin B2 and a whopping 100% of vitamin B12 allowance.
Once you have opened the carton they recommend you use within three days. We have left it open for up to five days without any adverse effects. You usually get quite a good date on the packet - when we buy ours it normally has about four weeks until the Use By date, so you can store it for longer than regular milk.
Lactofree is suitable for vegetarians and you can also freeze it for up to one month.
Overall I think this is a wonderful product - my husband's digestive system will agree too!!
My daughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant at 6 weeks old. She was given prescription baby milk for her first year, and during that time we tried to gradually introduce normal dairy products into her diet in small quantities to encourage her body to break down the lactose itself. Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products which some children (and adults) find difficult to break down and can lead to stomach ache and diarrhoea. For a small baby, whose only food is milk, this can be a great problem.
After her first birthday, I was unable to get any further milk for her as I was told she was old enough to drink normal cows milk. However, although we had succeeded in introducing yoghurts and cheese into her diet, drinking relatively large amounts of cows milk still caused her discomfort.
I was looking in the supermarket for some goats milk, which I had heard was easier to digest (people who are lactose intolerant can also be intolerant to soya milk so this was not an alternative) when I came across Lactofree. It is dairy milk but is 99.95% lactose free and should therefore be acceptable for my daughter.
I am pleased to say that she has been absolutely fine on this milk and I have tried it myself in tea and coffee and cannot taste any difference.
It comes in whole milk and semi skimmed and the range has also been expanded to include yoghurts (though these are not available in my local supermarket).
It is sold in two pint cartons and it is more expensive than normal milk - at the moment I am paying £1.37. However, I do have a happy daughter who doesn't suffer from tummy ache or diarrhoea, and therefore it's worth every penny.
Lactofree - real dairy milk without the lactose!
This has to be one of the best products I have discovered recently. Being slightly lactose intolerant I tend to avoid milk but this has enabled me to enjoy loads of yummy foods that just made me feel ill with ordinary milk. I am not a fan of soya and would rather suffer the consequences of dairy than use it in most things so I was thrilled when I found lactofree.
It is milk but they have filtered it to remove half of the lactose and then added lactase enzymes to break down the other half - this means it's all nice and easy to digest and you can enjoy without feeling vile afterwards. Their website expains how they test the milk to ensure that they can't detect any lactose at a level of 0.03%.
I can't tell tell the difference between this and 'proper' milk - it looks like milk, smells like milk, tastes like milk and behaves like milk when you cook with it. I'm not a huge fan of milk without putting it in food or hot chocolate so there may be a subtle difference that I haven't picked up on but for something that contains little or no lactose it seems pretty amazing to me.
At around £1.30 for a litre it is more expensive than ordinary milk but for me it's well worth it - I can make myself a huge hot chocolate without worrying about feeling ill for the rest of the day and with pancake day coming up I'll be able to enjoy plenty of those too! I have tried soya milk pancakes and they're not good so if you're lactose intolerant I would recommend trying this next week.
So far I have only used the semi skimmed milk as it's the only one of their products that is widely available at the moment but they have recently brought out a variety of other products and are really going for it with their advertising campaigns so I expect to be able to try a wider range fairly soon. Their website advertises full fat and semi skimmed milk, both available chilled or long life, natural yogurt, strawberry and raspberry yogurts, soft cheese and semi hard cheese.
The packaging is cute too with a nice friendly looking cow on just so you don't forget where it came from :)
One to try if you're lactose intolerant.
The result of the exclusive LactoFree formula is a nutritious dairy drink thats at least 99.95% lactose free.