Milk and Nutrition in the news

The Times March 31st 2017

Almost half of young people claim they are intolerant or allergic to milk.


The Food Standards Agency Food and You Survey found

46% 16-24 year olds said they had adverse reaction to milk.

Less than 1 in 10 older people had a problem with dairy.

In Britain only 5% are thought to suffer maldigestion of lactose – the sugar in milk according to BNF.

Bloggers are promoting cleam eating where gluten and milk are back for health.

Ella Woodward recommends raw coconut water or almond milk as milk alternative.

13% said had adverse reaction to gluten.

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Less than 25%of people with food intolerance had had a clinical diagnosis of their condition and those who said they had food allergy less than 50% had seen doctor about it.

The number of people claiming adverse reaction to foods is rising.

In 2014 10% lived in household where someone had food allergy.

In 2015 that was 13%.

Britons drank 6.1 million fewer pints of milk last year – £240 million sales – Nielsen.

NHS warns that cutting out dairy products can result in calcium deficiency.

67% of women took most or all of the responsibility for cooking and only 30% of men.



Alessandra Bester from Functional Food uses the Nutrition Program

Alessandra BesterAlessandra Bester from Functional Food Company has been working on allergy friendly products. The idea came after years of experimenting in the kitchen looking for ways to manage her son’s Autism, Epilepsy, Allergies and her own IBS, Coeliac Disease and Fibromalagia.

‘I have learned a lot about the FreeFrom market having been the consumer who observed the growing range of products over the last 10 years. I quickly realised that free from gluten doesn’t mean free from fat, sugar and other allergens.’

In developing our products I needed to make sure that while using novelty ingredients I kept the levels of sugar and fat in healthy range. The nutrition calculation program was very flexible when assessing and evaluating less mainstream ingredients.

We use everything that nature has to offer around the world from baobab, acai berry, maca, matcha to homegrown pea powder and oats.

We are innovating producing a range of snacks that taste amazing & are also FreeFrom: gluten, nuts, dairy as well as other common allergens, with carefully reduced sugars. Our products are organic & without any colouring or preservatives with only natural ingredients.

IB Snack Heart Beet! Beetroot & Pea Protein energy recovery bits. Gluten,

Dairy, Nuts, Soya Free! Low in fat & sugar. Crunchy Superseeds & Gluten Free – Supergrains

Just-Bite ™  no sugar finger-bites for children. Packed with  Gluten Free Supergrains.NoNo


Food Information to Consumers Regulation FIC

The deadline in December 2014 for compliance with the majority of the Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC )fast approaching.

The Food Labeller is designed to help food companies meet the needs for the regulation – listing allergens and nutrition.

You can try it for FREE  on this link .

the food labeller

Allergen labelling at Bill’s Restaurants

Very pleased to see that Bill’s Restaurants are showing Allergen information on their menus under Dietary Info to meet the new requirements of FIC (Food Information for Consumers) Reg no 1169/2011 for Dec 2014.

You can see the different coding to show dairy, nuts, sesame, egg, crustaceans, molluscs, fish, garlic, mustard, wheat, gluten, celery, soy or soya, sulphur dioxide, vegan

Not sure why garlic is an allergen.

It says ‘Please inform your waiter before ordering of any specific dietary requirements that you may have’.

The menu goes on to explain that fryers are used for more than one product so there is a possibility of contamination risk. Allergen information will be kept up to date but should be checked at each visit.

There are some interesting labels – skinny fries may contain dairy and egg – due to frying – but also contain wheat the gluten.

You can do your own allergen labelling using our Food Labeller.


Bills Allergen Menu