The sugar found in the milk of mammals. It is slightly sweet and on its own a white powder that is extracted from whey. It is a very common by-product in cheese production. It is used in the fermentation process (to "sour" the milk) in many dairy products such as yogurt and cheese.
Those with lactose intolerance cannot ingest lactose because they lack the enzyme lactase in the small intestine and therefore cannot break up the molecule. This can cause severe abdominal discomfort and gastro-intestinal problems.
milk products, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies
Possible Health Effects
See additional information section. Also, in animal studies very high levels injected under the skin of mice have caused tumors.
Dairy (Lactose), May be of Animal Origin
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