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If you are like most people, about the only thing you know about lactose is that some people are lactose intolerant. Meaning their bodies do not digest lactose well and they may experience symptoms such as bloating, cramps, nausea, and gas.  The majority of people, however, are not lactose intolerant and ingest lactose every single time they have a dairy product. Let’s see if we can’t expand on your knowledge about lactose just a bit. Adding to the information we gave in earlier posts about the benefits of goat whey and goat ghee. Let’s go over some lactose facts.

So, what is lactose?

Lactose is defined as a disaccharide sugar composed of galactose and glucose, and it is found in milk. Now we could go into a rather lengthy discussion about its chemistry. However, for this article suffice it to say that lactose makes up around 2-8% of milk, by weight, with the amount varying dependent upon the species.

Another lactose fact, is that lactose is essential for infants drinking their mothers’ milk, which is rich in lactose. Related to that, for women who do not breast feed, it is important to find baby formula which has lactose, which practically all have.

Lactose Use and Issues

Although lactose has been known of since the early 1800’s, it was not until the 1960’s that lactose hit its stride commercially. At that time it was discovered that lactose’s bland flavor makes it a good carrier and stabilizer. This made it desirable for use in aromas and pharmaceutical products. It is added to pills as a filler and, of course, it is used in the production of baby formula, as earlier stated. Several million tons of lactose are produced annually as a bi-product of the dairy industry.

And that brings us back to lactose intolerance. Approximately 70% of Americans can drink dairy products with impunity. Conversely, about 30% cannot digest lactose properly, leaving them lactose intolerant. For those people, between 30 minutes and two hours after eating a dairy product, they will have one or more of the following symptoms:  bloating, cramps, diarrhea, painful gas, and/or nausea.

Goat Milk Lactose

For many who are lactose intolerant, goat lactose has been found to be acceptable and agreeable. Whereas cow lactose is not.

Mt. Capra Lactose is:  100% pure goat milk lactose.  It is natural goat milk sugar, 20% the sweetness of table sugar, free of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Goat milk lactose is soothing to the digestive tract.  It is extracted from pure goat milk whey and is a perfect, natural addition to foods and drinks, the perfect addition to coffee, smoothies, toddler drinks, baked goods, and yogurts.

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