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What is Lactose Free Milk?



Are you aware that there are people who can't drink milk? They are referred to as lactose intolerant. Their body cannot metabolize lactose because of a lacking enzyme, they can still drink milk, provided that it is lactose free. What is lactose free milk then? This article will provide you with additional information on lactose intolerance and the milk that can drink.

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What is lactose intolerance?

When a person is said to be lactose intolerant, there is a low production or absence of the enzyme called lactase, hence their body cannot metabolize lactose. The enzyme lactase is produced by the cells in the small intestine. This enzyme is responsible in breaking down lactose into glucose to be distributed to the body to be utilized as energy. A lack or complete absence of lactase results in the body's failure to break down the needed sugar by the body. Lactose intolerance is not a serious medical condition, though. It is just considered a deficiency from the enzyme lactase.

A person becomes lactose intolerant because of several possible reasons - their family's medical history, age, presence of infections in the intestine, and other intestinal problems. Lactose is actually made up of two kinds of sugar - glucose and galactose. Lactose can be found in dairy products, and can also be present in whey and other milk solids. Lactose is also present in sausages, hotdogs, bread, cereals, and margarine.

Can sufferers still drink milk?

Sufferers feel the symptoms after only 30 minutes up to 2 hours after ingesting foods or drinks that contain lactose. The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Abdominal bloating is also observed. Some sufferers also reported to have had weight loss and constipation.

Symptoms can be prevented provided that sufferers refrain from eating and drinking products with milk. However, the absence of dairy products in one's diet would lead to some other vitamin deficiencies like calcium, vitamin D, and protein. A lactose intolerant person should make sure to take calcium supplements. They will also have to get a different source of calcium like vegetables and sea foods like shrimps and sardines.

They can still drink lactose free milk. This type of milk is now readily available in groceries. Milk without lactose can help supply sufferers the enzyme lactase. It is also a good source of calcium without the symptoms that arise from ingesting lactose.

Lactose intolerance, however, is completely different from milk allergy. They also don't have the same symptoms. Sufferers of milk allergy exhibit puffy eyes, presence of rashes on the skin, vomiting, and runny nose. Eating or drinking dairy products that do not contain lactose will not ensure that sufferers of milk allergy will be spared from having allergy attack.

There are lactose intolerant people who can still eat some dairy products without manifesting the symptoms. Foods like yogurt and cheese, while they still contain lactose; it is already in fermented form.

Aside from lactose free milk, there are dietary supplements that are now recommended by doctors for lactose intolerants that are effective in reducing the symptoms. These dietary supplement products have other healthy benefit so why not consult your doctor about them now.

For more information, pick up the Kindle version of “Living Lactose Free: A Guide To A Healthy Life“ at Amazon.com., or the Nook book at Barns and Noble.

You can also buy the PDF file from Paypal for $2.99.

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