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Lactose

Description

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.

Lactose - Quick Stats

Allergy Information

Uses

Sweetener, Humectant, Nutrient

Additional Information

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.



Found In

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.

Allergy Information

Dairy (Lactose), May be of Animal Origin

In The News

http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/news/2010/11/efsa-approve-generic-lactose-claim.aspx

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