Win a Delonghi Coffee Machine with Chicopee (Competition now closed)

Until I had children I didn’t know much about lactose intolerances or what it meant to be lactose free – I’m not even sure I knew that lactose was anything to do with milk – I was completely ignorant. But when I had children everything changed. Suddenly I had friends with babies who couldn’t have milk, who had to have a lactose free diet to breastfeed their babies or babies who had to have special, expensive, lactose free formula.

Since then I have seen what a big thing lactose intolerance is and how it really effects people’s lives – not just children but adults too. Dairy is often found in processed foods in the supermarket and anyone lactose free would be used to reading packaging labels and ingredients lists to see what they can and can’t eat. It becomes part of their day to day routine and even going to get a coffee in a cafe is something they have to really think about.

You see, it’s not as simple as having a milk alternative in your drink. You have to make sure that the cafe are lactose free with the way they make your drink too – not sharing utensils, cleaning the machine thoroughly and not cross contaminating milk products and milk alternatives. This is where Chicopee come in.

Win a Delonghi Coffee Machine with Chicopee (Competition now closed)

Chicopee have created a purple cloth that basically shouts ‘I’m lacto-free’! It’s a cloth that is used to clean in cafes and coffee shops but it’s one that is kept purely for lactose free machines and spillages. The purple cloth stops a milky cloth being used on a lactose free machine and for anyone that is lactose free the sight of that purple cloth in a coffee shop will mean there’s one less thing to worry about and they can just sit back and enjoy their coffee.

Win a Delonghi Coffee Machine with Chicopee (Competition now closed)

To celebrate their simple but effective purple cloths I have teamed up with Chicopee to give away a Purple Delonghi Coffee Machine to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below – good luck!

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273 Comments

  1. EMMA WALTERS
    October 19, 2015 / 7:43 am

    my step-sister has an intolerance, it’s so hard for her when we go out for meals & constantly label checking

  2. Iris W
    October 19, 2015 / 8:23 am

    My oldest daughter has only just recently become lactose intolerante although I guess this has been going on for quite a while. I found it quite difficult to start with and kept forgeting but gradually we get used to it and it pays spending a bit more time reading labels abd there are so many alternatives to get.

  3. ashleigh allan
    October 19, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Like you – i only discovered it after becoming a mum when my friends little one had to have a lactose free diet

  4. Becca Staples
    October 19, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Very little, although i now know there is a wide range of lactose free things on the market x

  5. Tracy Nixon
    October 19, 2015 / 8:53 am

    I am lactose intolerant so buy lactofree products for myself including milk, butter, etc. It is annoying that lactofree products are so much more expensive but if I have lactose, I get terrible pains, bloating and the runs! Thankfully my children are not lactose intolerant.

  6. Anne Dalzell
    October 19, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I’ve got three children under four but so far i’ve been lucky that none of them have any lactose intolerances. My little boy is allergic to eggs and some additives which is stressful enough so i imagine lactose intolerance is even more difficult. Thank goodness things like this and wheat allergies are more recognised now and alternatives provided in most of the supermarkets.

  7. Maria Hackett
    October 19, 2015 / 10:16 am

    same as you i didn’t have a clue about lactose intolerances until I had my little daughter and now I see that everywhere. I Love this purple coffee machine, looks fab and comes in my fav colour x

  8. Stephen Fowler
    October 19, 2015 / 10:18 am

    The only thing that works for me is taking Loperomide and since I started taking it I can eat or drink anything that’s edible.

  9. Liam Bishop
    October 19, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I did not know that about the purple cloth! My main experience of lactose free friends is that they tend to just never have anything out because they never know.

  10. sandra thomas
    October 19, 2015 / 11:54 am

    would love this love my coffee

    • sandra thomas
      October 19, 2015 / 11:54 am

      i dont have any

  11. aaron broad
    October 19, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    None personally but bet it sucks

  12. LucyBo17
    October 19, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Could do with some coffee right now – a toddler who thinks 5 am is a good time to get up

  13. LucyBo17
    October 19, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    I am lucky that my family do not have lactose intolerance but I do drink rice milk as I find it makes me feel less conjested

  14. Sarah Brokenshire
    October 19, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I myself am lactose intolerant so i have found eating out can be an issue xxx

  15. Charlotte Bell
    October 19, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Great giveaway, thank you!

  16. Nichola Mackay
    October 19, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I’m very lucky that none of my kids have had intolerance to lactose. But I’ve had to be careful with a couple of my friends children, if offering to make them dinner, or catering for parties etc.

  17. Nina Krasteva
    October 19, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Thank You!

  18. Lindsey Stuart
    October 19, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    My cousin is Lactose intolerance and suffers quite badly! Her stomach bloats and she suffers bad cramps if she has digested anything that carries lactose!
    She is more careful now but it is hard going.

  19. Nicky Benton
    October 19, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    my friend has had to cut out all dairy recently and has mentioned how difficult eating out has become

  20. Lorraine Stone
    October 19, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I have started to become lactose intolerent as I have got older. Tummy cramps are not nice!

  21. Tess D
    October 19, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Have a couple of friends with lactose intolerance and like you I just presmumed it was in milk but when you start reading the labels of products there are a lot of things that contain it that you wouldnt imagine

  22. October 19, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    I don’t have any but familiar with other food intolerance like wheat

  23. Megan Adams
    October 19, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    I don’t have any experience, but do know a lot of people with lactose intolerance. It is definitely more recognised these days.

  24. Alica
    October 19, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    My son was lactose intolerant as a baby/child but fortunately he outgrew it 🙂

  25. Paul Wilson
    October 19, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    A friend of mine had lactose intolerance, had to go to great lengths to avoid things that might have dairy in them, but not goats based dairy.

  26. simon benson
    October 19, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I have no real experience of it

  27. christine shelley
    October 19, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    None personally, but I am aware of the problem

  28. Fiona K
    October 19, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Not sure if I have it but definitely experience discomfort

  29. Joanne Beale
    October 19, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I don’t know much about lactose intolerance

  30. sharon martin
    October 19, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    No experience of Lactose intolerance

  31. Debbie Skerten
    October 19, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    I don’t think that I know anyone with this. I’ve never had a discussion with anyone about it, but it is something that I’ve heard of. Whenever I think of it, I think of Tim Allen in Santa Clause when he says to the little girl – Look, I am lactose intolerant! I shall be looking out for that purple cloth when I’m out and about in coffee shops now. Thanks for a great post x

  32. Helen Hodgson
    October 19, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    I am lactose intolerance, and have been aware of this for the last 16 years. There is much more choice now in supermarkets and on the internet.

  33. Christine Northrop
    October 19, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    very little experience only from babysitting a friends daughter

  34. Samantha O'D
    October 19, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    I have worked with children who have had various intolerances

  35. karen cowley
    October 19, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I have a slight intolerance of cheese , other dairy products i seem to be ok with, just cheese sets mine off x

  36. clair downham
    October 19, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    thankfully i havent any experience

  37. Susan B
    October 19, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    None personally but I have an interest in food and nutrition so try to keep up to date on the latest research about lactose intolerance and many other food-related health issues.

  38. John Tingay
    October 19, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I don’t know anyone who suffers with lactose intolerance.

  39. Lyla
    October 19, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    That’s really interesting – I was completely ignorant before I read your article so thank you for opening my eyes!

  40. kellyjo walters
    October 19, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    honestly no one in my family has anything like this .. but I’ve seen friends on social media that have it and it’s a pain when wanting to eat out

  41. Su Tyler
    October 19, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    I fine as long as I don’t eat/drink a lot of dairy. Things like milk shakes, lattes and ice cream can set off a terrible tummy ache.

  42. Stacey Melia
    October 19, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I am terrible when it comes to cream, so strange as I can eat all other types of dairy including milk!

  43. Kali filsell
    October 19, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    My husband is lactose intolerant

  44. Tracy
    October 19, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    I only discovered it after a friends little girl was found to be lactose intolerant, just recently.

  45. October 19, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Luckily no one in our family suffers with it. My friends baby has really suffered since she was born and it’s really not pleasant. X

  46. Helen Swales
    October 19, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Thankfully I have no experience of lactose intolerance in either myself or my children, however my friend’s daughter has a dairy allergy and that places enormous pressure and stress on the family.

  47. Anthony Harrington
    October 19, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    fortunately, I have not had any experience with this, i am aware of it and i am pleased to see more products becoming available for sufferers.

  48. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 19, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    I know very little about it

  49. claire blaney
    October 19, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Luckily no one in our family suffers with it, &i dont have any experience’s with it either

  50. Claire Scott
    October 19, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    I don’t have any but my son we have ? And are going to start looking at removing it from his diet to see for sure

  51. MANDY DOHERTY
    October 19, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve never had any experience of it

  52. Shivon Davis
    October 19, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    My mum is Lactose intolerant she finds it hard when abroad with food and drinks but at home she has every thing she needs and leads a very healthy life x

  53. Samantha Mann
    October 19, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    As a family, we don’t have an cases of lactose intolerance but having worked in a nursery, its something I encountered there and I have to say the children who suffered did always have near enough ‘the same’ as the other children at meal times, Ive never come across anyone who is severe Lactose intolerant

  54. Jessica Woods
    October 19, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    My son is lactose intolerant it takes me ages to do your regular half hour shop instead it takes me half a day lol x

  55. Julie Booth
    October 19, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I personally have no experience. However, as an NHS dietitian, I have seen lots of people with it.

  56. fiona cullen
    October 19, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    adore purple-i neeeed this gorgeous coffee machine! i work with children in a nursery so have lots of experience in dealing with lactose intolerance aswell as other allergies and diets x

  57. pete c
    October 19, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    have minimal experience of this

  58. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    October 19, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    *touch wood* I havent experienced this …. yet … however my friends little boy is lactose intolerant

  59. Sarah Mackay
    October 19, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    There has become for awareness towards lactose intolerance and as such more alternative products, as somebody who has known of being lactose intolerant for 25 years this has mad such a difference to my everyday life.

  60. Hayley Colburn
    October 20, 2015 / 12:19 am

    I have a friend who has it, he has water on his weetabix, I can’t think of a worse breakfast cereal to have water on eeew

  61. helen tovell
    October 20, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I have no experience of it

  62. Andy Kadir-Buxton
    October 20, 2015 / 11:58 am

    A son of a friend could not have milk as a baby, the doctor gave a replacement that tasted awful.

  63. Paul T
    October 20, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Thankfully I have no experience of this myself.

  64. Catherine Gregory
    October 20, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    I have a sensitivity to lactose and I have to use Lactase Enzymes if I have anything milk which I try not to often. I am a huge latte fan but thankfully Costa do a soya milk latte so I can still enjoy it and at home I use Almond Milk

  65. Becky Yeomans
    October 20, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I have no experiences on lactose intolerance as no one in my family suffers with this!

  66. October 20, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I don’t have any first hand experience myself but my nephew was lactose intolerant when he was a little one but now at 7 he has totally grown out of it.

  67. William Gould
    October 20, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I have never had any experience of Lactose intolerance, except for a friend of ours who is intolerant to virtually everything! She’s almost a super-vegan!

  68. jodie harvey
    October 20, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    my brother is lactose intolerant, i know a fair bit, but probably not everything

  69. vicki langley
    October 20, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant 🙁 I’m gutted as well as I only recently found out and I love milk!!

  70. Jane Barrett
    October 20, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    My daughter suffers and it’s a bit of a pain to be honest

  71. laura stewart
    October 20, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    meeting people that had it x

  72. Kelly L
    October 20, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    That I am very lucky to not have it.

  73. amy fidler
    October 20, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    I actually suffer from it,so i now have to have lactose free milk and other products to help my diet

  74. judy kennedy
    October 20, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    My daughter has it & it took ages to get the doctor to accept there was a pr

  75. Sue Bowden
    October 20, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I’m not, but have a friend that is and she really at times x

  76. Sean Downer
    October 20, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    The hardest thing is checking to see what’s in everything

  77. Louise Smith
    October 20, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I have several friends who are lactose intolerant and appreciate how difficult it is when we are eating out

  78. kayleigh Bates
    October 20, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    My son grew out of his at 1ish thankfully, weaning him was a nightmare thiugh x

  79. Gwen Maynard
    October 21, 2015 / 12:31 am

    two if my daughters are lactose intolerant.

  80. Ruth Harwood
    October 21, 2015 / 8:00 am

    My best friend had a lactose issue xx

  81. claire woods
    October 21, 2015 / 9:15 am

    My only experience is going to a children’s birthday party and one of the little boys had to have his own food because of a lactose issue.

  82. Libby N
    October 21, 2015 / 10:39 am

    I have no experience of Lactose Intolerance x

  83. jayne hall
    October 21, 2015 / 10:51 am

    im not myself

  84. jules eley
    October 21, 2015 / 11:33 am

    It has been quite a struggle with my son who is now 9 we knew very little and he suffered quite badly but we now know which foods and drinks to stick to and keep it all under control I don’t know which is more painful seeing him in such pain or not being able to help him.

  85. October 21, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I currently work in a cafe and we specialise in vegan and gluten free options. I think we use almond and soya milk more than regular cows milk, it’s so eye opening to realise how easy it can be to cross contaminate milks and food products.

  86. stacey turner
    October 21, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    my daughter had a sickness bug which led to her having a ‘temporary lactose intolerance’. Shes getting better now, but it has lasted around 5 weeks so far

  87. Jenny
    October 21, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    I don’t have any members of my family who are affected and have to admit I don’t have a great deal of knowledge regarding the condition.
    I do however understand how difficult it is to cope with illness as my daughter and I have a condition that affects all parts of our body, causing severe pain, I can no longer walk far unaided. We have both had recent heart surgeries too.

  88. vicky cockett
    October 21, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    my friend gets quite ill if she has lactose, it gives her extreme tummy trouble and rashes on her skin. i dont know enough about it though.

  89. Claire D
    October 21, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I have no experience of it but it must be very restricting

  90. Kirsty Ward
    October 21, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    I have never come across anyone with it, But I know the Importance from Tv/Media Ect 🙂

  91. October 21, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I personally have no experience of it

  92. Kelly Hemmings
    October 21, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I used to suffer with acne but once I swoped to soya milk my skin cleared up in no time!

  93. Elaine (Mum2myboys)
    October 21, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    both of my boys are cows milk protein intolerant, similar to lactose intolerance I suppose just a differen component of the dairy. I had never heard of this machine Donna thanks for sharing, fingers crossed xx

  94. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    October 22, 2015 / 12:39 am

    My son contracted Giardia as a baby and was left Lactose intolerant for a few years after.

  95. Joanne Welsh
    October 22, 2015 / 3:21 am

    I’m fortunate not to have had any issues with lactose intolerances

  96. ceril Roberts
    October 22, 2015 / 4:28 am

    No experience at all

  97. October 22, 2015 / 11:59 am

    I have quite a few friends with it, so always keep lacto-free long life milk sachets in the cupboard for when they pop round x

  98. October 22, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    I have a relatively minor lactose intolerance, I can have cheese etc but only very small amounts of milk and when heated as in coffee I struggle. Toby’s silent reflux caused us all hell for months and was eventually put down to a dairy intolerance so you could say my life is pretty ruled by it!xx

  99. Harriet
    October 22, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    Not much but I know my sister suffers from it.

  100. Helen Humphries
    October 22, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    I have food allergies and intolerances which does mean you have to cook from scratch more. That said things. have come in leaps and bounds just in the last ten years

  101. Simon Tinsley
    October 22, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Someone I really can’t stand pretends that they are lactose intolerant for some bizarre fashionable reason. I’m sorely tempted to change their soya milk for full fat and see what happens. But can’t really in case this is the one time this daft idiot isn’t crying wolf.

  102. Lorraine Tinsley
    October 22, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    I became really good friends with a lady I donated a freezer full of breast milk to as her little girl, who is almost the same age as my daughter, has a allergy

  103. Wendy Jones
    October 23, 2015 / 12:08 am

    I have heard of it but luckily no one in our family suffers with it.

  104. Wendy Tolhurst
    October 23, 2015 / 12:14 am

    Although I have not officially come across lactose intolerance, I’m pretty sure it is a definition of me. I haven’t liked milk since I was a young baby and there are very few dairy products that I tolerate.

  105. Christine Constable
    October 23, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Although not lactose intolerant myself, I know people who are. I catered a full buffet party taking this into account. It was an interesting experience as it was a finger buffet and I spent a lot of time consulting recipe books. The result was very well received.

  106. Karen Painter
    October 23, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Eating out or going for dinner at family or friends homes can be a nightmare. I nearly always end up ill the next day after eating something I shouldn’t just to be sociable.

  107. Gwyn Sharps
    October 23, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    As far as I know, I am not lactose intolerant but have never been tested and don’t know the symptoms.

  108. Julie Ward
    October 24, 2015 / 11:55 am

    No experience at all,

  109. Mike
    October 24, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I don’t have any.

  110. Lee
    October 24, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I haven’t had any real experience of it

  111. Sally
    October 24, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I don’t have any experience.

  112. Gwen
    October 24, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I don’t have any experience of this condition.

  113. Adam
    October 24, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Not personally, but I am aware of the condition.

  114. Carl
    October 24, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    I have heard of it, but luckily no one I know suffers with it.

  115. Maya Russell
    October 24, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I know nothing about lactose intolerance and didn’t know that sufferers can’t have any lactose contact, rather like an allergy.

  116. FARIDAH BROOKER
    October 24, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    I don’t have any personal experience of it as none of my family is lactose intolerant, thank goodness.

  117. justine meyer
    October 24, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I don’t have any experience x

  118. Linda Thorn
    October 25, 2015 / 10:52 am

    my friend is lactose intolerant

  119. Hazel Rea
    October 25, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    My son and I are lactose intolerant – my husband is allergic to cow’s milk protein.

  120. emma
    October 25, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Not anyone in my family but i do know someone who is and its a pain but so much easier to control with all the products available in supermarkets these days.

  121. October 25, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    I think i have a slight aversion to dairy products

  122. Amy Lambert
    October 25, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    I work in a hospital so have to be very aware of patients dietary needs I have cared for lots of individuals with lactose intolerance

  123. LEAH SULLIVAN
    October 25, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    I have none thankfully but feel there is a lot to offer people out there suffering, compared to when i was younger and it was more unheard of xxx

  124. Steve Dickinson
    October 26, 2015 / 4:27 am

    never come across it

  125. Darrell
    October 26, 2015 / 6:53 am

    I had absolutely no experience of it, until we found out my son was lactose intolerent. Cooking at home is not really a problem now as we have experience, but eating out is always problematic as we have to ask so many questions and the restaurants are not always forthcoming and has sometimes ended in terrible stomach cramps for him

  126. Michelle Williams-Green
    October 26, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Luckily I don’t have any experience of lactose intolerence.

  127. Michelle C
    October 26, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    No personal experience but have a colleague who has a Daughter who has a number of intolerances including lactose. She finds it very hard to find alternatives and for her Daughter be able to eat the nice things other kids are eating at school and parties etc.

  128. Ashley Phillips
    October 27, 2015 / 12:47 am

    I’m lucky to not have experienced lactose intolerance

  129. Leila Benhamida
    October 27, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    My eldest is lactose intolerant

  130. lynn heath
    October 27, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    I haven’t had any experience of lactose intolerance

  131. Stephanie Whitehouse
    October 28, 2015 / 8:19 am

    I’m afraid it is only my cat. We used to call her Fluffy Flo-thru

  132. Jennifer Toal
    October 28, 2015 / 10:06 am

    I work in a nursery so I have come across a few children with this condition

  133. YOLANDA DAVIS
    October 28, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    My friends baby was intolerant and she had a terrible time till it was diagnosed

  134. Heidi Brown
    October 28, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    None my self but my friends two little boys have intolerance!

  135. Katie Robertson
    October 28, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    I’m very lucky that none of my son does not have an intolerance to lactose however some of our friends children do so we have to be very careful when we are catering for them.

  136. claire haskins
    October 29, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    my friends daughter is lactose intolerance

  137. Neha Parmar
    October 29, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    None

  138. Stevie
    October 29, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Luckily I don’t even think I know anyone with Lactose Intolerance. It must be frustrating when eating and drinking outside the home.

  139. Solange
    October 30, 2015 / 2:34 am

    My sister is lactose intolerant.

  140. sheila
    October 30, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    no personal experience but having intolerance must make life so difficult. the purple cloth is a great idea.

  141. Sarah N
    October 30, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    My son has it, but luckily not too severely. He can’t have milk/cheese things, but a small amount of lactose hidden in other foods doesn’t bother him, so I don’t have to do too much label checking.

  142. Rachel Butterworth
    October 30, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    I don’t really have any.

  143. betony bennett
    October 31, 2015 / 9:37 am

    None really, though we do think my husband might be lactose intolerant as he has all sorts of trouble after having too much of anything with lactose in :/

  144. Katie skeoch
    October 31, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    My sister has an intolerance, she really has to watch her diet. Thankfully restaurants & stores are much more aware of this condition

  145. Farhana
    October 31, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    My son is allergic to all dairy, egg and nuts so its tough keeping things separate for him

  146. Emma S
    November 1, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    My son has recently been diagnosed and I am learning lots

  147. sandra bald
    November 1, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    My friend has an intolerance & she’s made me aware of the products available that she uses

  148. kathryn wolton
    November 1, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    twin nieces who we thought were fussy babies until we found what was wrong

  149. Joanna Rubies
    November 1, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    We have no experience since nobody in this household consumes dairy products.

  150. Hannah Carroll
    November 2, 2015 / 5:25 am

    My younger sister has a lactose intolerance, which was found when she was a baby and constantly very unwell.

  151. Hannah Cummings
    November 2, 2015 / 11:57 am

    I don’t have any experience

  152. Sam Goodwin
    November 2, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    My husband has become aware of it in recent years and it is very difficult.

  153. Viv C
    November 2, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Both my mum and sister are lactose intolerant – the effects before diagnosis were not very pleasant.

  154. mel crumpton
    November 2, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    My sister in law is so when ever we go out for dinner we have to take into consideration of where we will eat

  155. Michaela Hannah
    November 3, 2015 / 7:20 am

    My friends son is lactose intolerance and we are currently trying to rule it out with our son

  156. Sarah S
    November 3, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Limited knowledge, as not directly affected.

  157. Cheryl Kean
    November 3, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    my son cant have milk cheeses etc, and I do find it hard to substitute in cooking

  158. kimberley ryan
    November 3, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I do have a friend who is lactose intolerant, but I am very lucky in that none of my immediate family suffers from it

  159. Allan Wilson
    November 3, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    My partner is Lactose Intolerent but takes pills brought back from America to enable dairy eating.

  160. Sallyanne Metcalfe-Mullins
    November 3, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I’ve got bowel disease so face this every day, it’s a life sentence of pain sadly!

  161. Danielle Cresswell
    November 4, 2015 / 2:10 am

    I have a mild intolerance. I can stomach milk in drinks and food but a lot of cheese or yogurt sets my stomach off.

  162. Sarah Lewis
    November 4, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    None personally

  163. carole n
    November 4, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I know little about lactose intolerance,but this is great giveaway, thanks.

  164. Richard Eldred Hawes
    November 4, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    None

  165. Claire Willmer
    November 4, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    I am diagnosed coeliac and originally my doctor stated that my lactose intolerance would be temporary due to the damage previously caused but unfortunately it seems to be permanent and the lacto free products are helping to give me relief so i’m having to have alternatives such as almond milk. I have never heard about the purple cloth so thats great to now know as i always have to double check everything.

  166. Tam B
    November 5, 2015 / 6:10 am

    I don’t have any personal experience but I am aware of how it has increased over the recent years and is becoming far more recognised.

  167. Mary Baldwin
    November 5, 2015 / 7:02 am

    Very little experience personally, but as I do suffer from a severe nut allergy, I do understand the issues and importance.

  168. frances hopkins
    November 5, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Thankfully none x

  169. Kelly
    November 5, 2015 / 9:40 am

    My little boy has just gone on to the lactose intolerance milk – we were advised to put him on it for a couple of weeks to help with his upset tummy (It makes him smell awful!!!)

  170. Anthony Webster
    November 5, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    I have a friend whose daughter is lactose intolerant and we struggle to buy chocolate and sweets for her.

  171. Hayley Lynch
    November 5, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    I had my sigmoid colon removed 2 year ago which was in such a damaged state …. the pains i had for years were written off as just irritable bowel until I became seriously ill . I now have a intolerance to dairy products

  172. Tim Woolfenden
    November 5, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    I have no experience of it and don’t know anyone that is intolerant!

  173. Alex Brownlee
    November 5, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    i dont have any first hand experience other than meeting some who cannot eat certain things

  174. Krystina Bowman
    November 5, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I’m lucky enough to not have experienced it personally within my family but my friends wee one has lactose intolerance

  175. donna l jones
    November 5, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    i dont have any

  176. November 5, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I don’t have any experience with it or know anyone who is it x

  177. Pauline Wilson
    November 5, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    None at all, we are very lucky to not have any food allergies or intolerances

  178. Helen Gilbert
    November 5, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    A friend who has been living with the condition for a long time

  179. Kayleigh White
    November 5, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Well, my niece who is only 19 months old is allergic to all things dairy, soya and egg. So she cannot have anything with those ingredients in at all!

  180. Mike Gerrie
    November 5, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    I have had no experience of this or know anyone who is Lactose intolerant

  181. Tony Weston
    November 6, 2015 / 1:41 am

    None at all

  182. Alastair Gillespie
    November 6, 2015 / 8:55 am

    good machine

  183. Paula Walls
    November 6, 2015 / 10:47 am

    I breast fed my daughter until she was almost 2 years old and then I switched her onto cows milk. Her 4 older siblings all drank cows milk with no issues. Almost straight away she had little swirls appearing on her skin that looked similar to a fungal infection so the chemist started to treat her for that. Then she started being up all night crying in pain and clutching at her tummy. I am not going to even mention her poo’s. It didn’t take long to work out that this all started at the same time I stopped breast feeding her. I stopped cows milk straight away and switched to lactose free and she has been absolutely fine ever since. She has now turned 3 and we are coping great with her intolerance. I never knew about the purple cloths though. They sound like a fantastic idea and I would love to thank who ever came up with the idea. One last thing, thanks for the chance of winning such a fab prize 🙂

  184. Lynsey Spraggs
    November 6, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    My 2 youngest boys were both slightly lactose intolerant but only with cows, it caused bad stomach aches and went straight through them, thankfully there’s so many alternatives now it’s not a big deal and easy to live with

  185. elaine stokes
    November 6, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    I have looked after a number of children who have to be lactose free, and some times its really hard to keep them from eating or drinking items with Lactose in

  186. Keith Wallbanks
    November 6, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    A friend’s toddler, who was lactose-intolerant, nearly died when his grandmother let him play with the plastic insert out of a box of chocolates

  187. Lauren Old
    November 6, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    Milk often gives me bad cramps and unsettles my stomach, so I’ve opted for almond milk now and it tastes delicious

  188. IRENE MURDOCH
    November 6, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I am lactose intolerant and it is not nice getting an upset tum

  189. Gemma Cook
    November 6, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Our oldest daughter is lactose intolerant and has to eat a special diet from my other kids. its hard work but thankfully we work around it.

    Fantastic giveaway! xxx

  190. Purmala Shrestha
    November 6, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    I do not have. I would love it.

  191. rebecca nisbet
    November 6, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    i thought my daughter had it when she was a baby as she would never keep the milk down she had checks done but it turned it wasnt that.

  192. November 6, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I have suffered with cows dairy intolerance (among other things) all my adult life, and last year went on the gut healing diet GAPS. Pleased to say that after 18 months I recently tested negatively for all intolerances 🙂 I’m still very strict on dairy though, and limit it massively.

  193. lois levy
    November 6, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    it becomes a way of life reading labels and studying menus to find something you like and something you can eat. Its hard for restaurants/cafes etc as they can put choices on the menu but you might not like it so hard to please everyone all the time.

  194. November 6, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    My oldest son is lactose intolerant so had to get him his own food and drinks. We have a lot of lactose free products and he doesn’t seem to mind them

  195. Kirsty Fox
    November 6, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    I have no experience with it at all.

  196. Ian Yates
    November 7, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Thankfully none whatsoever.

  197. jo liddement
    November 7, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I don’t have anyone in my family who is lactose intolorant

  198. Kat Glynn
    November 7, 2015 / 8:47 am

    My son is lactose intolerant, it took a long time to get diagnosed…. but now he’s doing fine 🙂

  199. Hayley Todd
    November 7, 2015 / 9:17 am

    I knew about the purple cloth as my eldest daughter is lactose intolerant! She was diagnosed at age 4. At home we are able to manage what she eats and drinks really easily, but it’s always a huge headache when we are out and about and go for something to eat and drink!

  200. Amy E
    November 7, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Luckily, we have no lactose intolerance in our house. Just a teen and a man who need to learn how to make decent coffee!!!

  201. Leesa Dunn
    November 7, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    I’ve been dairy free since I was 6 weeks old and normally avoid coffee in coffee shops due to my allergies, will definitely now be looking out for the purple cloth. Fantastic to know, thankyou!

  202. Lyndsey Beckford
    November 7, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    My mum is lactose intolerant. Luckily I didn’t inherit it!

  203. sandra ralph
    November 7, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    my brother is Lactose intolerance so his wife makes meals that suit him because otherwise he ends up with terrible stomach cramps and pains and it can make him physically sick

  204. Romana Richards
    November 7, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    While I am not lactose intolerant, my future daughter in law is and is a frequent visitor so I use a nut or soya milk often for us as well. There’s one always in the fridge.

  205. Kate Phillips
    November 7, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Think it might be worth checking out.

  206. Ema J Lowe
    November 7, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    I have no experience of it, none of my 6 have ever had it.

  207. Kim Styles
    November 7, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    My partner has an illness which as recently caused him to be lactose intolerant and it has been hard to suddenly change a whole diet regime

  208. Harriet K
    November 7, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I was lactose intolerant as a child but seemed to outgrow it, whilst my boyfriend has developed it! It can be really tricky eating out sometimes, and particularly when I suggest going for coffee! So this would be a great treat to help him out with that.

  209. Kirsti Peters
    November 7, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I have absolutely no experience of lactose intolerance at all

  210. Nicola Andrijauskas
    November 7, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    I have a friend who is Lactose intolerant.

  211. Diane Goulding
    November 7, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    My mum can’t eat ice-cream, butter, cream or milk, she has black tea and coffee, she wasn’t like that when she was young, it was something that developed when she was around 30 years old and it became steadily worse. I have started to go the same way but mine started in my mid 30’s. Fortunately I can still stomach skimmed milk and because it’s so readily available I don’t feel I miss out or have to make special requests in restaurants. My son is 20 and he’s already showing signs that dairy products don’t agree with him – he’s living away from home as he’s a student, he avoids all added dairy and doesn’t find it a problem. Even pizza places accommodate for cheese free pizzas these days.

    The only thing I actually miss is a cup of hot chocolate, even if I make it with skimmed milk it has an awful affect. It’s just not worth the risk, Sad but true.

  212. Pam Francis Gregory
    November 7, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    My husband had to cut diary from his diet as it was one of his asthma triggers

  213. Louise Tring
    November 7, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    It’s getting better with alternatives. I really like almond and coconut milk, and coconut ice cream from whole foods is yum!!

  214. janine atkin
    November 7, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    no experience at all!

  215. jessica newman
    November 7, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I don’t have any problems with it but i know a few friends who are intolerent and struggle with tummy troubles

  216. Matt Brasier
    November 7, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    No experience at all

  217. marsha richardson
    November 7, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    I only have a friend with it so limited knowledge except I know that as time goes by, there are a good few lactose free items on supermarket shelves now compared to a few years ago x

  218. Melanie Burton
    November 7, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Although I haven’t been diagnosed I believe I may have lactose intolerance because of systems I have when I drink milk and I was allergic to milk as a child and my mum had to give me goats milk instead!

  219. November 7, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Very little but I do sometimes wonder if I have a problem. Too much milk sometimes makes me have a bad tummy (but it could be the gallstones too)

  220. Caroline Buckley
    November 7, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Very little but it sounds interesting

  221. Sheri Darby
    November 7, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    No experience of lactose intolerance – I just don’t like the stuff

  222. Ruth Wollerton
    November 7, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    I have quite a few friends who are Lactose intolerant and I think food allergies are becoming more and more common nowadays xxx

  223. Arabella Bazley
    November 7, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    I always drank lots of milk but was feeling bloated and sick all the time so I decided to research the alternatives and since I switched I have been feeling so much better.

  224. Kirsty Woods
    November 7, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    My husband is lactose intolerant

  225. olivia kirby
    November 7, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I have skimmed milk at home if I have other milk in hot drinks it gives me a bad tummy. I think it’s more to do with the fat in it than anything else. None of our kids seem to have any allergies or intolerances.

  226. Teddy sheldon
    November 7, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I was totally oblivious to it until my 2 year old was diagnosed with it ,which I must admit came as a relief as he was so, so poorly before people think ah poor him can’t have ice cream etc however his adapted really well and knows if he eats dairy things he gets poorly and just seeing him healthy like his brother now is a blessing

  227. Jade Missy Evans
    November 7, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    I have a few family members who are lactose intolerant, as well as my friends little boy, when he comes here I get everything planned in advance so I can check it and triple check it with his mum that he is okay to eat things.

  228. Emma Wright
    November 7, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Recently found I am lactose intolerant

  229. Paul Swain
    November 8, 2015 / 6:42 am

    Until recently, I had no experience, until my twin granddaughters were diagnosed as being lactose intolerant! …for days after their birth, they had severe upset tummy’s, and were very distressed, until eventually after tests, were diagnosed!! Now they’re thriving on special milk!! ..It’s so nice to see them looking ‘perc’fectly well!! ( sorry about the pun, but, I had to do it! lol)

  230. Michelle o'neill
    November 8, 2015 / 8:27 am

    my brother suffers from it x

  231. samantha bolter
    November 8, 2015 / 8:40 am

    No experience at all

  232. Kim Lam
    November 8, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I’m Chinese and do not have a good tolerance of lactose. Chinese food does not contain milk or cream and we do not have milk in our tea.

  233. Emilia nastaly-howard
    November 8, 2015 / 10:50 am

    No experience at all….

  234. Nancy Bradford
    November 8, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I’ve never been official diagnosed but gave up dairy about a year ago and feel 100% better in myself because of it.

  235. Karen Foster
    November 8, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    I can get a stomach ache if I have lactose, so I try to stick to lactose-free dairy, or goats’ milk.

  236. David Auckland
    November 8, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Interesting that, after 35 years as a pharmacist dealing with customers’ lactose and gluten intolerances first-hand, this subject has finally become mainstream. Allergies and intolerances to common everyday food substances are so often ignored or overlooked, yet once identified and dealt with can have quality-of-life-changing results.

  237. Emma Jones
    November 8, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Fortunately I have no particular experience of lactose intolerance but I do prefer to keep dairy to a minimum for my voice.

  238. viv carey
    November 8, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    My youngest is Lactose intolerant and ive found formula is very expensive but as long as it keeps my baby healthy i am more than willing to pay it.

  239. Louise Whittaker
    November 8, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    My youngest daughter is lactose intolerant and wasn’t diagnosed until 5 month after which she was prescribed a lactose free milk. Everywhere we go I always take a packed lunch of salad and some fruit because if we are ever delayed or we want to go out for something to eat I need to be able to give her something to eat. I know the ingredients in most foods now but still have to check e.g. a well know bread maker recently changed their recipe (i didn’t say so on the packet) and phew was i lucky i noticed. Also a lot of restaurants and deli counters soak meat & fish in milk but dont list it as an ingredient aggghhhh! I had a brilliant experience in Butlins as they made sure everything is listed and they ensure there is no cross contamination.

  240. Adam Berger
    November 8, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Constant sneezing, someone in my family.
    @daddysword

  241. Kerry Brown
    November 8, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    no real experience but i try to avoid milk and dairy as it gives me a belly ache

  242. Anneka Hulse
    November 8, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    feeling sick when consuming dairy products in large amounts

  243. Nina Brown
    November 8, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    I am not that keen on Milk – although I am not lactose intolerant.
    My favourite is Almond Milk and I would love this Delonghi Coffee Maker

  244. Lorraine Mabbitt
    November 8, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I don’t know anyone who is lactose intolerant

  245. Sammi McSporran
    November 8, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    I’ve lived with lactose intolerance for about the last 10 years. It sucks, as I love cheese, chocolate, ice cream and other dairy products! So much so that sometimes I’ll just eat the dairy stuff and deal with the consequences 😛

  246. Cerys John
    November 8, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    My mum is lactose intolerant and as long as you know what products work best, it’s manageable. Can be trickier eating out though!

  247. November 8, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Since becoming a Mum, I have learnt a lot more about being lactose intolerant x

  248. EJ Dunn
    November 8, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    I tend to avoid milk as I can get bloated. It’s not a massive issue for me though.

  249. Sara Owen
    November 8, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    None so far

  250. Samantha Atherton
    November 8, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    I was lactose intolerant as a child, It took a while to be diagnosed and doctors & health care workers told my mum I was just attention seeking as I’d react by banging my head against things, finally at age 2 I was diagnosed and put on a lactose free diet.

  251. November 8, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    my sister is lactose intolerant and my niece whilst not intolerant her eczema is made worse by it – my sister gets a very dodgy tummy with it – it causes IBS flare ups and makes her life miserable however there are some ok alternatives she can use

  252. Rennene Hartland
    November 8, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Ive lost over 10 stone and since lossing it i have become lactose intolerant, i have to check every label however now im fit and healthy

  253. samantha price
    November 8, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    i have to sayi havent had to deal with it

  254. kristin burdsall
    November 8, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Working closely with 2 children who are loctose intolerant. Its so difficult for littles ones to understand when all they want is a chocolate button just like their friends

  255. November 8, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I am not Lactose intolerant but my partner suffers from chronic migraines and we tried an exclusion diet of all Lactose and wheat. There were ranges that catered for this but we found them to be significantly more expensive than the regular brands. Unfortunately there was no reduction in the frequency/severity of the migraines since the exclusion diet but he now drinks an occasional glass of Alpro rather than whole milk!

  256. November 8, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    When Mister A was a tiny baby he had a suspected lactose intolerance and for a short period he was only able to drink soya milk. Luckily it was just a short term tummy issue and now he is able to enjoy anything he likes.

  257. sallyann johnston
    November 8, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    My son started with Lactose intolerance when he was 4 and we didn’t realise at the time this is what was causing his sickness & diarrhea. He was sick everyday for other a month and we just tried eliminating different foods as the doctor told us and milk was one of the first foods we stopped! Hard as he loved yogurts & milk but went onto goats milk and he was a changed boy x

  258. Pia Stephens
    November 8, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I only get symptoms if I have loads of dairy products, like a huge bowl of ice cream so it really isn’t that big of a problem but my brother and 3 of his children all have to have lactose free products so I know how hard it can be, even the simplest things like making a lovely cream cake for Birthdays x

  259. Laura Barratt
    November 8, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    We have been lucky and touchwood not had any experience of this

  260. Jayne T
    November 8, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I don’t have any or know much about it.

  261. Kay Foster
    November 8, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I have a lactose intolerance, I changed my diet about 15 years ago, so I live quite happily with it. So would love to win the coffee machine as black coffee is my choice of drink. x

  262. Jo McPherson
    November 8, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I avoid dairy as it makes me blocked up and sniffly – I love almond milk though

  263. Laura Pyper
    November 8, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I don’t have any

  264. Val Pownall
    November 8, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    No personal experience but I have friends who are intolerant and I must say I feel better if I cut it out for a while.

  265. Victoria Prince
    November 8, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I experienced it as a teenager, but thankfully it seemed to ease off as I got older – I couldn’t have anything with lactose in without feeling really nauseous, now I seem to be able to tolerate small amounts

  266. Michelle Whyte
    November 8, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Having managed a nursery over several years we had a few children who were lactose intolerant. We had to be ultra careful with food prep at mealtimes so as not to mix up banned foods. We also became quite creative with recipes so that children felt included at meal times and not singled out

  267. Laura Caraher
    November 8, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant so have to use alternatives in my tea and coffee

  268. Natalie Gillham
    November 8, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    My oldest daughter has suffered from stomach cramps and wind for 18 years without knowing what it was until recently, but has now cut most dairy from her diet (she can’t manage to give up chocolate lol) and her symptoms have almost completely disappeared 🙂

  269. Natalie Crossan
    November 8, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    I was lactose intolerant throughout my teens – kept me thin though!

  270. Tammy Neal
    November 8, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    I,ve not had to deal with it myself x

  271. Denielle Nicol
    November 8, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    Thankfully none first hand and I’m super glad about that as I think it would be so horrible

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