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Lactose Intolerance: Are You Eating Too Much Dairy? Dr. Cabral & Thomas DeLauer…
Thomas DeLauer: So what is the deal with dairy? When you're on a low-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, or even when you're fasting, a lot of times people tend to bring a lot more dairy into their diet because it seems to be a little bit more satiating for them. But what I want to discuss in this video, and I brought Dr. Stephen Cabral here with me, is how dairy actually affects your body when it comes down to intolerances. We always hear about lactose intolerance or we hear about maybe inflammation associated with dairy. We don't realize that there's multiple different avenues in which dairy can be wreaking havoc on your body.
Now I'm not here to say that dairy is totally bad or totally evil, but there are a multitude of different things that could be occurring in your body. Why don't you introduce yourself real quick, just so everyone knows who you are?
Stephen Cabral: I'm Stephen Cabral, I'm a board-certified naturopathic doctor and I specialize in Ayurvedic functional medicine and something called bio-regulatory medicine. Just like we were talking about right there, when we're talking about, "Is it the lactose, or is it the protein or what's going on in dairy?" We can actually clinically verify what's going on with people's bodies, but we can also give them some of their symptoms as well, like, "You're experiencing this if this is going on in your body." Yeah, I look forward to chatting about that today.
Thomas DeLauer: Gotcha. What we're going to do with this video is I'm going to discuss a little bit more of the casein effect of dairy and kind of the protein effect and what's happening in your body, and then Dr. Cabral is going to totally blow your mind with all his science of the fructans and the different proteins and everything like that, stuff that I couldn't bring you on my own.
First off, I'm just going to touch briefly on the lactose side of things. If you have a lactose intolerance, it's a whole different ballgame than some of the stuff where going to talk about. That one's pretty simple. You lack the enzyme or you have very minimal enzymes that really help break that down. You're not having the ability to actually digestively break it down for one reason or another. Pretty simple, pretty cut and dry, that's why people that have a lactose intolerance can usually take a lactase enzyme and not have as much of an issue.
But it does sort of warrant a further investigation that if we're already missing an enzyme or lacking in an enzyme to break something down, we might have more of a bio-individual necessity to really have lactase coming in from other things, which tells us that we're not able to break down milk as an entirety, not just in the digestive system. It's like if our digestive system is telling us you shouldn't be having this, then what is happening is at a cellular level?
What I want to discuss really quick is there's something interesting known as BCM7 in dairy. BCM7 is a component of a particular casein protein. Those of you watching, maybe you've heard of A2 casein protein, or maybe you've heard of A1 protein, or maybe you've just heard of casein protein like a lot of stuff from the companies will sell pure casein protein. The interesting thing is first of all, casein is a very toxic protein. It's not something we should be consuming a lot of, in fact it's very, very, very inflammatory.
If you're consuming just straight up casein protein, I highly recommend that you probably just throw it away or don't use it, or at least do some more investigation in it. But what happened was way back when, hundreds of years ago when we were actually first starting to utilize cattle for dairy, there was a different structure of protein that was in them and it was known as A2 protein, so it was this different kind of casein that came from the dairy that functioned pretty well in our body. We didn't have too much of an issue. But as evolution went on and as everything started to change and there are some genetic mutation and as these cows were being hybridized and bred differently, it started to change and this protein went into what is now known as A1 casein protein. That is what is the modern protein, that's what we're seeing all the time.
This protein is not easy to break down. This is the protein that triggers an opioid effect in the body, so dairy can actually be just as addictive gram-for-gram as heroin and some other street drugs, pretty darn powerful, and it all has to do with that.
I'm going to leave it there, I can touch on that a little bit more, but I want to turn to you to be able to discuss some of the other things you were mentioning like fructans and everything like that before.