This is a guest column by Kevin Danzeisen, who owns and operates Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen with his family.
Many adults today think they can’t drink milk due to a lactose intolerance. At Danzeisen Dairy, we think our milk is so pure and fresh and bottled the old fashioned way, that you can drink our milk without experiencing discomfort.
So what is lactose intolerance? It’s different from a true milk allergy, which is triggered by the immune system, not our digestive system. Lactose intolerance is basically a discomfort that occurs when you drink more lactose than your body can absorb. All milk and dairy products contain natural (which is a key word here) milk sugar, which is called lactose.
Now, just to be clear, having a lactose intolerance is different from having milk allergies. If you are allergic to cow’s milk, that is triggered by your immune system and not the digestive system. Lactose intolerance occurs through the digestive process.
What’s interesting is that just 25 percent of people in the United States experience true lactose intolerance (according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine). That leaves a whole lot of people who should be drinking milk but instead are avoiding it! Remember, our bodies need calcium and vitamin D throughout our entire life to stay healthy and strong, especially as we age.
We hear from so many of our customers that they thought they couldn’t drink milk due to being lactose intolerant or experiencing discomfort when they drank other brands of milk. Time after time they write to us and say that once they tried Danzeisen Dairy’s milk, they have not had any problems with discomfort or intolerance.
Now, unscientifically, we think it’s because we bottle our milk the old-fashioned way using equipment from the 30s, 40s and 50s, which leaves our milk fresh and pure not to mention that we put that fresh and pure milk into glass bottles. Glass bottles ensure that you are tasting nothing but the milk itself.
Don’t believe us? Pick up a bottle of Danzeisen Dairy milk the next time you’re at the grocery store or at the creamery and give it a taste. We think you’ll agree!