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From Italy:

Could you please give some information regarding LACTAID?


I am not sure what information you want on Lactaid, but many adults, especially those of Asian, African American, South American, Greek and Indian origin do have some degree of lactose intolerance. It is a deficiency of the disaccharidase, lactase. It is important when designing a meal plan for someone with this condition that other sources of calcium are included if milk is severely limited.

Some folks can do fine with a glass of milk at meal times, but larger amounts cause the usual flatulence, bloating, etc. They often can not have milk by itself. Others can not even tolerate small amounts of milk, or the dry skim milk powder or cheeses in so many processed foods. Anyway, I found a web page on Lactaid for you -- it is


Additional comments from Dr. Lebinger:

Lactaid is one brand of products made for people who are lactose intolerant (They have developed a deficiency of the natural enzyme lactase which is necessary to digest the sugar lactose in dairy products). Lactaid contains this enzyme. In the US, there are many products such as milk, cheese, and cottage cheese that come with Lactaid already added so that people with lactose intolerance can eat these products. Also available are tablets and drops containing this enzyme which can be added to dairy products to digest the lactose. There are other brand names of this product available in the US, such as Dairy Ease.

Since lactose intolerance causes diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pains, people with diabetes and lactose intolerance can be misdiagnosed as having a complication of diabetes called gastroparesis. Also, the erratic digestion of food can help to contribute to unstable blood sugars. Lactose intolerance in infancy is rare, but can develop any time in childhood or adulthood, being more common as people get older. (Humans are the only mammals that continue to ingest lactose after infancy after they stop drinking their mothers' milk.)


Original posting 8 Dec 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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