The U.S. National Library of Medicine estimates that about 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy (1). It is becoming increasingly common to replace cow’s milk with different milks - coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk, to name a few.
At GKM, we know that lactose intolerance can cause terrible discomfort when a dairy-free diet is not consumed. Like all food intolerances and allergies, it is important to provide options for diners to feel comfortable and safe when choosing their meals, snacks, and drinks.
1. Chef's Knowledge
Besides grab n’ go items, our chefs make all their meals with fresh ingredients. Diners are better able to either communicate with the staff in regards to what is going in their meal. Lactose can either be left out or substituted in most cases, and our chefs are trained to do just that when informed of allergies.
2. Listed Ingredients
If you are more inclined to read ingredients, we also make it easy for diners. Under every menu item, we list if it is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. This makes it easy to differentiate what you can and cannot order with lactose intolerance.
As previously mentioned, in most cases if our chefs are alerted of an allergy, they can substitute cow’s milk for something lactose intolerant-friendly. Or, if it is an item like cheese they are able to remove it completely.
Accommodating our diners is both our priority and our pleasure. Your food service should ease your life, not make it more difficult.
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