If you are like most people, about the only thing you know about lactose is that some people are lactose intolerant, meaning that 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 do, in fact, ingest lactose every single time they have a dairy product.
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, but 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.
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.
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 of 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.
For many who are lactose intolerant, goat lactose has been found to be acceptable and agreeable whereas cow lactose is not.
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