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UK brand Honeybuns Launches New Dairy-Free and Gluten Free Fruit and Nut Cake Bar

The British bakery brand, Honeybuns, has launched a new fruit and nut bar packed with nuts, fruits and seeds.

barWhat makes this bar different?

The bar is filled with cranberries, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, date paste and a free range of eggs to provide moisture. The best part is that it provides the health benefits of a health bar, but has an amazing taste of cake (and not a health bar). The cake bar is gluten free and dairy free.

Product Rebrand and Design

Honeybun’s are currently rebranding their product and this cake bar is the first product to be rebranded with the new fresh and clean look. The design of the bar was to address the lack of cakes that are healthy and provide a great taste at the same time. The UK brand also looks into consideration to accommodate for individuals that are gluten and lactose intolerant. Additionally, the bars were sweetened using natural fruits.


Available to the trade in regular 75g individual slices and 950g traybakes, the new bar has a shelf-life of 21 days. The 75g individual slices are £1.70 and the traybakes are £17.15.
For more information and to order these amazing cake bars, visit their website.


Dairy, Tree Nut and Peanut Allergy Warning from McDonalds in Canada

McDonald’s in Canada has made several changes to their menu. These changes will affect McDonald’s customers with dairy, tree nut and peanut allergies. This will also affect individuals that are suffering from lactose intolerance.

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The following changes have been  made on the menu at McDonalds  Canada:

  • Butter is used as a spread on English muffins, bagels, and McMuffin and bagel sandwiches. Additionally, butter is used on grilled cheese sandwiches served at McCafe.
  • The Create Your Taste menu featuring custom sandwiches has been offered at certain locations. The cheese used on these sandwiches is melted on the grill.
  • The McFlurry with Smarties candies has been replaced with the McFlurry with M&M’s candies. This will affect those with a peanut and tree nut allergy. This is important because Smarties and M&Ms look very similar in the McFlurry. Those with peanut allergy and tree nut allergy should exercise caution.

McDonalds wants to make sure that their customers are well aware of their changes to the cooking processes and how they will affect individuals with allergies and intolerances at their various McDonalds and McCafe branches. The information has been communicated via several channels and McDonalds welcomes inquiries and questions at their Guest Contact Centre at 1 888 424 4622. Because these changes are in effect now, regular customers to McDonalds with allergies should be aware of their changes in order to appropriately plan their menu choices and meal items.



The Gluten Free Bakery in Abu Dhabi Improves Lives

The United Arab Emirates has become a common tourist destination for millions across the world. If you were to visit Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, just know that there is a gluten free bakery in the vicinity. Additionally, the bakery accommodates for individuals that are vegan, lactose intolerant and those allergic to dairy.

Firin Gluten Free Bakery has recently celebrated its first anniversary in the Emirati city.  The bakery has set goals of social responsibility by starting a new chapter in the business by improving the lives of individuals suffering from gluten intolerance.

Owner and Entrepreneur Moza Al Mazrouei says. ” the bakery is not just a business entity, it about giving back to the community.”

UAE,Firin Bakery, gluten free, dairy free

The idea of starting a gluten-free bakery and café was  after Al Mazrouei saw people suffering from allergies and coeliac disease. She says that, as a mother, she has seen the problems that come with these allergies, and knows exactly how they can impact the life of a person.“My daughter was suffering; so I decided to launch this business. It is for my child, for all those who suffer from this problem and for all the mothers who want a safe, gluten-free diet for their children,” says Moza..

Starting a business of this nature has not been easy. Moza has faced great challenges. “There have been so many challenges. It isn’t an easy business, and we hope to make it profitable. We are not breaking even yet,” she says. The entrepreneur now plans to expand her business to the Emirati city of Sharjah.

Each day Moza takes the time to learn about the allergies her customers. She interacts with the customers and advises them about the lifestyle change that is not difficult to implement. “I talk to people who visit us. I once met a mother of a four-year-old who was in tears. I explained to her that this problem is not the end of the world. You have to change your outlook, enjoy your food and life, and design your own food without putting restrictions,” says Moza

UAE,Firin Bakery, gluten free, dairy free

People need to be aware that  gluten is found in many foods and drinks. It is not an easy task as not all products are labelled clearly as to whether they are gluten-free or not. But for her business, Moza goes out of the way to ensure that every ingredient used in her bakery is of the best quality. “We source our raw materials from the US and I personally visit those sourcing companies. We also send our ingredients to the lab for testing,” she says.

The great benefits of the foods at the bakery:

  • Free from preservatives or additives
  • Free from hydrogenated oils and is trans-fat free
  • Available of vegan food
  • Muffins, cakes, pastries, pizza, and quiche are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar-free.

Next time you are on a business trip or on a family vacation in Abu Dhabi, be sure to visit Firin Gluten Free Bakery.

Novozymes Improves their Lactase for the Production of Lactose Free Dairy Products

The Danish-based biotech company, Novozymes, has launched a new product called Saphera. Saphera is an improved lactase enzyme that sets a new standard for production and quality for a range of lactose-free products.

Novozymes. Saphera

What makes Saphera different from other lactase enzymes?

Saphera is made from Bifidobacterium bifidum, in contrast  to traditional lactase which is made from yeast. Saphera helps in achieving the desired lactose level accurately, precisely and easily. This is due to fewer oligosaccharides – carbohydrates  are formed during the reaction compared to yeast lactases, particularly when producing 0.01% lactose-free milk. Additionally, Saphera converts lactose into glucose and glucose. This means that the dairy producer can reduce the amount of sugar added and achieve the same sweetness in their products.

“Saphera works at lower pH and higher temperature than other lactases and is therefore not only suitable for the production of lactose-free milk and other products, but also for fermented dairy products. It works extremely well in yogurt production – better than conventional yeast-based lactases. In addition, the lack of invertase and other critical side activities makes Saphera a great solution in sweetened dairy products, maintaining physical and organoleptic properties during shelf life better than any other product on the market”, says Lyndegaard (Director at Novozymes)

There is massive demand  for lactose-free products

Lactose intolerance affects millions of people across the globe. The demand for lactose-free products has risen globally especially in areas with emerging markets. Health conscious consumers have increased significantly over the last decade. This has resulted in moving lactose-free products from the specialty segment to mainstream. The demand for lactose-free products prompted the development of lactose-free products.

“Our goal was to address some of the key issues driving the lactose-free dairy market. The rapidly expanding market for lactose-free dairy products necessitates a trouble-free easy production for the strongly expanding volumes of lactose-free dairy products. Also, the fermented dairy products are increasingly receiving interest as healthy foods from consumers. Better production control and better suitability for fermented dairy products were key areas of focus when developing Saphera”, explains Lyndegaard

Quick Facts about Saphera:

  • Saphera is applicable for a broad range of dairy products including fresh, ESL and UHT milk, milk drinks, cream, ice cream, fermented dairy products and dulce de leche. Saphera is available in a variety of formulations to meet varying processing needs.
  • Saphera is sold as a liquid standard product (Saphera 2600 L) for use in batch process and in in-line dosing systems (i.e. TetraPak Aldose). It is sold as a sterile liquid product (Saphera 900 LS) for use in aseptic in-line dosing systems (i.e. TetraPak FlexDos).

With the development of Saphera we will be expecting a great expansion of lactose-free products on the market. Hopefully with lactose-free products becoming less specialised and more mainstream, the cost of lactose-free decreases.

What do you think about Saphera? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.



Smoke House Deli in India changes its menu to accommodate for vegan, lactose and gluten intolerant foodies

 If you are are lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy, gluten intolerant, on a dairy free diet or simply vegan, India should definitely be on your bucket list.Whether you visiting Mumbai, Dehli, Kolkata or Bangalore, Smoke House Deli now caters for a variety group of people.

Smoke House Deli, gluten free, lactose free, dairy free, vegan

Chef Manager Glyston Gracias has worked very hard in developing a menu that caters for a wider variety of people due to their intolerance and  lifestyle choice. He has also taken it upon himself to make the menu super healthy by adding foods to the menu that are free from trans-fat. Here what you can expect in the menu.

For starter s the menu has flavor-packed millet, kale soup, hearty paleo coconut and meat broth. The main menu contains a dose of excitement, innovation and flavor as he experiments with ingredients like jowar, ragi, nachini, millet, banana flour, red rice and amaranth to develop his amazing gluten free, lactose free and vegan soups, breads,salads, risottos, pastas and desserts.

smoke deli house, dairy free

The dairy free menu includes crispy bean sprouts, quinoa, brown rice flakes, with bright orange ribbons of carrot and combined with a subtle sweet-sour guava reduction. Also the tantalizing sole combined with soy milk and Bhawnagari sauce. The salads, such as the chicken salad is combined with red rice and brown rice flakes flavored with apricot-chilli dressing.

Gluten free menu is something to really look forward to, especially the pastas. The ravioli is made in combination with gluten-free flour, served with vegetables and  dashed with soya and coconut milk source.

To end the night with a great dessert, there is banana flour cake, cacao nib and soya cheesecake as well as a crunchy nachini crust cuts to tantalize your taste buds.

Next time you visit India, make sure Smoke Deli House is on your bucket list. Please share your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.

Wales Zizzi Italian Restaurants Now Offer Vegan and Dairy-Free Pizza and Gluten-Free Foods to its Menu

One more great reason to plan a vacation to Wales this Summer. If you a vegan, lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy or simply on a dairy free diet and are living or visiting Wales, it time for you to try their new pizzas.

Zizzi's, italian resturant, dairy free, gluten free, vegan

The new pizzas on the menu contain a vegan mozzarella alternative called Mozzarisella. Mozzarisella is made from germinated, Italian whole rice, thus it is 100% vegan, 100% organic, 100% milk free and 100% lactose free. Additionally those that have soy allergies or are allergic to gluten, guess what? Mozzarisella is also soy free and gluten free.

In addition to the dairy free pizza, Zizzi’s will be adding the following non-gluten containing dishes:

  • Beef short rib, slow cooked and served with smoke sweet potatoes and Italian slaw
  • Polpette classic pizza with lamb and red pepper meatballs. anchovies, Fior di Latte and smoked mozzarella.

Zizzi's, italian resturant, dairy free, gluten free, vegan

And to end a great meal, Zizzi has introduced a dairy-free gelato made from vegan friendly coconut and mango.

Those that have a sweet tooth do not need to worry to carry your lactase enzymes as Zizzi’s caters for all your needs. These are joined by Zizzi’s range of majority vegan-friendly wines.


Zizzi's, italian resturant, dairy free, gluten free, vegandair


Zizzi’s promise to add more gluten free and dairy free foods to the menu. This is just a start to  great beginnings. If you have tried any of the dairy free, vegan or gluten free foods, please share your experience in the comments below.

Top 5 Dairy-Free Chocolate Easter Eggs and Bunnies

With Easter just few days away, these are my top 5 Easter Dairy Free Chocolates to enjoy on this festive holiday.

1. Creek House Organic Non Dairy Vegan Chocolate Easter Bunny and Egg Set

Creek House Organic Non Dairy Vegan Chocolate Easter Bunny and Egg set make a festive and delicious handcrafted Easter gift. All organic. One solid dark chocolate bunny nestled in a metal pail, and two half eggs filled with a decadent dark chocolate non dairy cream. 2 – 4 oz Non Dairy Half Easter Eggs nestled together, featuring a beautiful dark chocolate outer shell with a rich and creamy non dairy dark chocolate filling. Snugly packed and decorated in a festive box. Each half egg measures approximately 3 3/4 L x 2 1/2 W x 1 1/2 D. 1 – 4.65 oz Non Dairy Solid Easter Bunny in a Bucket. A solid 66% dark chocolate bunny sitting pretty in a colorful paper tulip cup and white pail, decorated with a lavender ribbon and gift tag. Each bunny weighs app. 4.65 oz, and measures 2 1/2 L (at base) x 4 Tall x 1 5/8 W (at base).

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2. Moo Free Cheeky Orange Easter Egg – Vegan 100g

These delicious Easter eggs  have been made with dairy free chocolate and infused  with crunchy pieces of vegan friendly and gluten free honeycomb toffee. Each of these dairy free chocolate honeycomb egg is packed into a bright, fun boxes featuring Rosie Rabbit. These Easter Eggs are also gluten free, lactose free, casein free and vegan.

moo Easter egg, dairy free

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3. Chocolate Decadence Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny With Basket

These delicious dark chocolate are creamy and made from natural ingredients, They are dairy-free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.

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4. Chocolatey Hollow Easter Eggs

These 12 Dozen Naturally Colored Chocolatey Hollow Mini Eggs are milk free, nut free, gluten free, egg free and suitable for vegan

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5. Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Eggs in a Gift Boxes

These delicious Easter Eggs dairy free, soy free, gluten free and suitable for Vegans

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With Easter few days away, hurry to buy your favorite dairy free Easter Bunny and Eggs. Hope you have an amazing Easter Weekend.


Starbucks Japan Introduces Their New Dairy Free Latte and Frappuccinos

Lactose Intolerance has greatly affected the East Asian country and Starbucks has made a huge difference by introducing two lactose free products this Spring.

Two New Lactose Free Drinks: starbucks japan, dairy free


The two new drinks introduced are Apricot Honey Soy Cream Latte and Apricot Honey Soy Cream Frappuccinos. These two delicious drinks have been specifically designed to cater for the dairy free crowd.

This drinks have been specifically designed by revising their soy milk formula to ensure a more ‘soyful’ and delicious taste to improve your experience.

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The Apricot Honey Soy Cream Frappuccino comes with a topping of whipped soy cream (might look like it might contain dairy, but the Japanese are very serious about people’s allergens and intolerance, so there no need to worry about any dairy to be mixed in). The drink includes a generous amount of honey and apricot syrup topped with crispies.

lactose free latte

The latte basically consists of a mix of soy milk and expresso.

Those living or visiting Japan should definitely take advantage of this situation as it is available for a short period of time. These limited edition dairy free drinks will only be available up to 12 April 2016.

Review: ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes

ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is the perfect way to maintain a healthy diet or a supplement for an active lifestyle.


ENU shakes review

What makes ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes Unique?

ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is a high quality, high calorie and protein complete nutrition  supplement. It can be used as a single source of nutrition or as a meal replacement o reach recommended daily nutrition intake.

It is a superior formula with a high protein concentration, high caloric content without the use of sucrose or corn syrup, deceased sodium level while delivering high levels of electrolytes and contains less food additives and artificial ingredients.

Additionally ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is:

  • Lactose free
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Contains MCT (meduim chain triglycerides) from coconut oil to improve absorption of critical micronutrients.
  • Kosher
  • Halaal

Why ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is excellent for Athletes, body builders and sports nutritionists

The primary protein source in  ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes, whey protein isolate is the most bioavailable protein. Thanks to its ability to support the maintenance and rebuilding of muscle mass, whey protein isolate is sought out by endurance athletes, body builders and sports nutritionists. A secondary protein source in ENU, soy protein is a complete protein and the most digestible plant protein source. Soy protein is also rich in valine, an essential amino acid required for healthy cell and organ function.

Who else can drink ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes:

  • People looking to lose weight
  • Individuals looking to make lifestyle changes and want to eat healthier.
  • HIV Patients
  • Individuals with low immune systems
  • Individuals with autoimmune diseases
  • Individuals who are struggling to gain weight
  • Individuals that have nutritional deficiencies.

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How does  ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes compare to its competitors?

In comparison to ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes competitor’s, Ensure and Boost, contain more than 100% of the FDA recommended daily sugar intake. Also ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes provides more protein, calories and half the sugar content than two servings of the aforementioned leading shakes.

ENU nutrition facts

Cost and Availability

COST: $39.99 (12 pack)



Finding a shake with low sugar content can be very hard to find. ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is a perfect meal replacement for those that are basically trying to make healthier, lifestyle choice. The amazing fact about this shake is that it can help HIV patients achieve the nutrition it lacks due to the complexity of the virus. Additionally, it helps athletes, body builders, and individuals with autoimmune diseases. This product is definitely revolutionary and a definite try to help improve your lifestyle.

Let me know what you think of ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes in the comment section below.



Top 10 Lactose Intolerance Scenes from Movies and Series

Many actors and actresses in movies and series played roles being lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the sugar found in dairy (lactose).

Here my count down to the top 10 lactose intolerance scenes in movies and series:

10. Internship

This would be the meanest scene ever and feel like punching this guy in his face.


9. Snatch

A humorous car scene over the evolution of dairy from the Movie Snatch. Just a warning there are scenes of violence and strong language. My favorite part is between 1:08 – 1:24.


8. Burn After Reading

The scene between George Clooney and John Malkovic. Not sure if George Clooney is lactose intolerant or suffering from acid reflux, or simply confused.


7. The Ref

It’s Christmas and Santa is Lactose Intolerance. This scene pretty sums up what happens to us when we drink full cream milk.


6. Fun with Dick and Jane

A comedy starring Jim Carrey, this scene is so hilarious. Am going to do this next time someone tries to sell me dairy!

5. How I Met Your Mother

Am a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother (Until the last season) and Neil Patrick Harris, but this scene could really make you hate the word”legend – D.A.I.R.Y” and Barney Simpson.

4. French Kiss

This short clip between Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. One advice I can give you, never praise cheese in France because it will come and bite you back.

3. The Big Bang Theory

This is my all time favorite series and can relate with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) being lactose intolerant. Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard’s roommate, keeps making fun of  Leonard’s lactose intolerance. And that’s why I don’t drink soy milk!

2. The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory has some embarrassing scenes for Leonard. This clip illustrates his friend’s making fun of his lactose intolerance.  This is why I carry Lactaid everywhere I go.

1. White Chicks

Remember those moments when you eat something and have no clue that it contains dairy? And then you race to the bathroom exploding it out! (Sorry for the graphical description)

Hope you enjoyed my top 10 lactose intolerance scenes from movies and series. What was your favorite scene? Comment in the box below