What is lactose?

All milk products are comprised of sugar and Lactose is the primary type of sugar that makes up milk, milk products and human milk.

Did you know that other than dairy products, lactose is not present in any other food?

What are the causes of lactose intolerance?

Simply put, someone that it lactose intolerant does not have the capacity in the human body to break down the milk sugars.  We use an enzyme, referred to as lactase, which is made in the small intestine to help with this process. Lactase diffuses lactose so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. If you’re lactose intolerant, then your body isn’t able to produce enough lactase to complete this routine.

Because of the natural aging process we undergo, our ability to digest lactose diminishes. Our ability



to manufacture lactase to diffuse lactose is retained at about 10%. Now, this is normally enough capacity to complete the digestion routine for both milk and dairy products. But, if you’re an individual that can’t keep up with this 10% level, your ability to eat dairy products and milk products is hampered.

The end result is you’ve become lactose intolerant.

Foods that contain lactose

If you’re into baking and cooking, more than likely you’ve probably used a product in which lactose has been to the prepared foods to prevent caking or as a coating.

Did you know that lactose is almost tasteless?

Because of this, it can be a filler for bread and other baked goods like cereals, pancakes, and cookies.

Did you know that lactose is used to prevent in frozen and canned vegetables?

The next time you’re at the grocery store, try this little experiment. Pick up a can of veggies and look at the ingredients especially lactose, most likely it’s been included to discourage discoloration.

Where does commercial lactose come from?

In the Western civilization, commercial lactose comes from cow’s milk. In other countries of the Middle east and Africa, camel or goat’s milk is sometimes used.

You’ve probably either tried or at least seen powdered foods like dehydrated potatoes, soups, and meal-replacement supplements. Most people that drink coff in the morning use some type of non-dairy coffee creamers. These can contain lactose in the form of whey or dry milk solids.

Is lactose used in medications?

Yes. It’s is used in fillers or caplets for prescription medications and over-the-counter medications. Many forms of chewable pills are made from lactose. Although these rarely cause severe lactose allergy symptoms, much like peanut allergies, it always better to ask questions first.

Because it a sugar, persons suffering from forms of diabetes need to limit lactose intake. Always consult your physician for medically related questions about this problem.

In this article we looked at lactose and lactase and their specific responsibilities. For additional information on health, nutrition, and skin care please check out the related articles at the bottom of the page.