Dairy Free

People may decide to go on a non-dairy diet or a lactose free diet for a number of reasons.
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Milk allergy
  • To go on a reduced fat diet
  • Ethical reasons - going vegan
An allergy is a reaction that involves an over-reaction by the body's immune system. In the 1960's, it was discovered that such reactions caused the production of a specific antibody called immunoglobin E. The prevalence of food allergy declines to 2 to 4% in children and around to 1% in adults. Allergic reactions only occur if the antibody is activated and there is some evidence that a predisposition to allergies can be inherited.

Milk allergy is a true allergic reaction by the body's immune system to one or more milk proteins, such as casein or lactoglobulin. The resulting symptoms typically include swelling, itching, bronchospasm, hives, hypotension or shock, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Ingredients to avoid are all dairy products and products with dairy ingredients.

On the other hand, food intolerance, also known as food sensitivity, has to do with digestion and metabolism, and is an enzymatic phenomenon which is considered to be genetic. Food intolerance means that a particular person does not digest or metabolize a particular food properly. Lactose intolerance is a main intolerance of milk.

Lactose (milk sugar) is made up of two basic sugars, glucose and galactose. Lactose is found in all dairy products including ice cream, cow's milk, yoghurt, cream, cheese and also in human breast milk. Before it can be absorbed from the bowel, lactose must be split into its basic sugars, glucose and galactose. This is done by the enzyme lactase, which is within the lining of the small intestine. At birth, the amount of lactase is high, enabling the baby to digest mother's milk. During infancy, the amount of lactase naturally decreases. Then, the lactose sugar ferments in the small intestine, producing gas, bloating, cramps and diarrhoea . Ingredients to avoid are milk, including skimmed or powder, and lactic acid.

Green Trade provides a variety of milk substitutes suitable for all the above. These include drinks made from:

  • Soya is high in protein and there is a wide choice of 6 products to cater for all needs and tastes. It is an ideal drink on its own, with tea or coffee and perfectly suitable for cooking and baking. However, soya, unfortunately can be an allergen in itself, and thus if this is the case, the customer should opt for another alternative.
  • Rice drinks are particularly attractive for families with young children since rice allergies are rather remote. Rice drinks can be also used with tea or coffee and suitable for cooking and baking. There is a wide choice of 6 different rice drinks to cater for the needs and tastes of our esteemed customers. Ideally, rice drinks should be consumed with added calcium.
  • Oat drinks, of which there are 2 varieties, are another milk alternative. Oats are high in protein and are highly beneficial for a healthier lifestyle.
  • Almond is a very good and tasty milk alternative. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which can help to regulate the cholesterol level. Almond drinks are ideal for young children and for the elderly because they are very easy to digest. To be drunk on their own or else added to coffee, tea or chocolate. Almond is available also with added calcium.
  • Hazelnuts help in the reduction of bad cholesterol and to increase the good cholesterol. To be drunk on its own or else added to coffee, tea or chocolate, this drink is also rich in high quality proteins.
  • Quinoa is a relatively unknown milk alternative. It is a grain very rich in protein, which is also naturally gluten free. We are proud to be the only suppliers of drinks derived from quinoa in Malta and a good number of clients are increasingly relying on quinoa since they cannot consume soya, nuts, oats or rice and it is the only milk alternative that they can digest.
  • Spelt, an ancient cousin of wheat, is regaining popularity due to its protein level. Probably we are the first to introduce a Spelt drink as a milk alternative.
  • Tigernut is a relatively unknown tuber in Malta. However, it is highly beneficial since it is high in proteins and fibre. The drink known as 'horchata' is suitable for diabetics, is gluten free and lactose free.
  • Sesame is known for its high nutritional value. It is a milk alternative with a distinct Mediterranean flavour.
  • Amaranth is known as the food of the Aztecs, very high in protein. An additional dairy free alternative now available in Malta too.
Apart from beverages, Green Trade provides desserts made from soya, rice, oat, almonds and hazelnuts which are also dairy free. We also provide a variety of other products such as breakfast cereals, pates, tofu, dried fruit, fruit pulps, snacks, spreads, and bars which are totally free from lactose and dairy free.

We have very good news. 2011 brings you what many of our clients were waiting free. Yes, we are now stocking Lactose Free Chocolate. True! Chocolate Couverture made from rice milk. Thus, indulge yourself in lactose free chocolate bars, chocolate rice cakes and chocolate biscuits. And by the way, chocolate is indeed healthy and that is why we are bringing it to you!

Green Trade does it best to provide dairy free products. For winter, or when you feel like, there is a very wide variety of soups and ready to eat dishes including risotto and couscous. If you are having a barbeque, you may opt for our wide variety of fiber burgers which need not be refrigerated, have a long shelf life and are a low glycemic index food.