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Lactose and coffee together causing digestive issues?

Answered on June 10, 2016
Created April 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I love coffee, and for the most part, it doesn't give me any issues. However, sometimes, if I'm using half and half or drinking a latte, I'll develop extreme stomach pain and/or diarrhea. I've never had this problem using heavy cream in my coffee (yet - just switched a couple months ago), and I've never had this problem drinking milk products alone either. I typically don't react to lactose.

So, do you think the coffee is exacerbating a mild lactose intolerance that I otherwise don't notice (if so, how?), or do you think there's something about the combination of the two that's causing the problem?

C8586fa2188272d5474d22aa8a500619

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:27 AM

I had tingling sensation on my cheeks and around nose, within 2 hours of eating wrong (alcohol, coffee, with milk and gluten). If untreated i developed a "malar rash".

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Interesting. What made you realize this / what were the symptoms?

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on April 18, 2012
at 05:01 AM

I know, Paula. Sorry. :(

A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

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on April 16, 2012
at 09:13 PM

This makes me sad. :(

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 16, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Bulletproofexec.whatever talks tons about mycotoxins in coffee but I always figured he was an alarmist/full of crap. Maybe not? Dunno...

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on April 15, 2012
at 10:48 PM

This happens to me when I get Starbucks coffee with their heavy cream. I can drink any other coffee with heavy cream, but this combination at Starbucks just goes right through me. Can't figure out why that is.

A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

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on April 15, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Yeah, that's what throws me. It's not consistent.

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C8586fa2188272d5474d22aa8a500619

on April 30, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Coffee proved to be a strong trigger for increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) for me. If you mix it with milk components that can cross the weakened intestinal wall (lactose, casein) problems arise. Do some self experimentation to see if this is the case with you too 1. try alcohol (another leaky gut trigger) and heavy cream 2. coffee with other types of milk (lactose free, youghurt, goat milk) to to see if your problem is linked to the lactose or casein content

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Interesting. What made you realize this / what were the symptoms?

C8586fa2188272d5474d22aa8a500619

(358)

on May 01, 2012
at 03:27 AM

I had tingling sensation on my cheeks and around nose, within 2 hours of eating wrong (alcohol, coffee, with milk and gluten). If untreated i developed a "malar rash".

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on June 10, 2016
at 12:47 AM

I have very simily symptoms however it only persists with certain brand of milk. I can have black coffee one hour after I had my milk (any brand) and cereal brekkie then will develop a mild symptom-a quicker bowel movement. If I go empty stomach and drink centain brands (those big brands in suppermarkets, cool room short life milk) milk coffee, I will end up miserable. However, only changing the milk (farm hand cultured milk) i will not have any reaction to the milk coffee whatsoever even with an empty stomach. And i never had issue with diary product for 35 years of my life. My conclusion is that some ingredients in coffee reacts/or work together with some of the chemicals that the milk industry added into there fresh milk product, weaken my guts ability to process either lactose or protein etc. So I have become a die-hard customer for a local coffee shop uses one of the only farm brand milk that i can have together with coffee. I told the shop owner and he said he heard of this and that is why he is willing to pay a better price for a better product!

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on March 06, 2013
at 11:37 AM

I don't believe it's the coffee, I suffer exactly the same thing. The reason why I don't think it's the coffee is because I can drink coffee with soy milk (from the same cafe) and not have any reaction. I can have full cream or skim milk on my cereal, no reaction. I can drink instant coffee with half milk at home, no reaction. As soon as I have milk with coffee at a cafe I have a reaction? I've tried this at various coffee places over the years and the results are the same?

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28130879a8fd388b048df43d3ae29ccb

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on December 21, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Coffee beans contain enzymes that irritate the entire digestive tract. Irritation results in inflammation and mucous production which can prevent the proper absorption of nutrients including carbohydrates. This can result in more food for the microbes in the colon resulting in what may appear to be symptoms of lactose intolerance. Ditch the coffee (chocolate too for the same reason) and see how things go. Additionally, if you are a regular alcohol drinker, you won't awaken with sufficient enzymes to digest the food you eat, so laying-off or severely restricting alcohol intake is a must for proper digestion.

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on April 16, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Try doing a test on a empty stomach vs non-empty stomach.

If I drink coffee or milk after fasting, it seems to induce diarrhea after only 30 minutes, but if I have it with a big meal, or after eating recently, it doesn't bother me at all.

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D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

on April 15, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Something to consider, apparently coffee has proteins that can trigger similar to gluten reactions: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gluten-issues-or-celiac-dont-drink-coffee/

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 18, 2012
at 05:01 AM

I know, Paula. Sorry. :(

A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

(130)

on April 16, 2012
at 09:13 PM

This makes me sad. :(

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 15, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Or maybe it isn't the cream choice. I can't see why it would "sometimes " cause problems and sometimes not if it was lactose intolerance.

Try separating them. Have some half and half with tea or something and see if you have the same issue. Try coffee black and see if you have the issue. If you want to figure it out you'll have to start eliminating variables.

5a506bcfafe352e8fe11ebac285aa3e4

on April 15, 2012
at 10:48 PM

This happens to me when I get Starbucks coffee with their heavy cream. I can drink any other coffee with heavy cream, but this combination at Starbucks just goes right through me. Can't figure out why that is.

A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

(130)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Yeah, that's what throws me. It's not consistent.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 16, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Bulletproofexec.whatever talks tons about mycotoxins in coffee but I always figured he was an alarmist/full of crap. Maybe not? Dunno...

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