What is lactose?

Lactose Intolerance

If you’re lactose intolerant, you know it. Lactose is a simple milk sugar, but lactose intolerance can be quite complicated. It can dictate your diet, lifestyle, and sometimes even sleep cycle – as its gastrointestinal symptoms can keep you up at night, or make you turn in early.

Whether you eat lactose foods in small servings, avoid those foods altogether, or substitute with lactose-free foods, these strategies don’t address the root cause of lactose intolerance– they just help you avoid symptoms by avoiding the foods you love.

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What is Lactase and how is it different from Lactose?

Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products. Milk is the only natural source of lactose sugar. However, milk ingredients can make their way into store-bought processed foods via casein, casein hydrolysates, caseinates, rennet casein, or whey. You may be ingesting lactose when you chew gum, or eat many types of candy, cereals, baking mixes, battered and frozen foods, as well as hot dogs and processed meats.

Various forms of synthetic lactose can also be found in vitamins and medications, especially birth control pills. Why? Because lactose acts as a base to improve a drug or vitamin’s bioavailability and flavor.

Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. What is lactose made of? Just two simple sugars (monosaccharides): galactose and glucose.

When one molecule in each of these simple sugars condense, they create a double sugar (disaccharide): lactose, or milk sugar. Lactose needs to be split in half by lactase before it can be absorbed.

That’s when your small intestine gets to work. If it contains enough lactase enzyme, it breaks down this freshly formed double sugar, so that your bloodstream can absorb it and distribute it to all your cells, which burn it so your body can use it as energy (and stored energy).

What is lactose intolerance?

If your small intestine does not produce enough lactase to get the job done, undigested lactose sits in your gut, fermenting. In this form, it must be broken down by bacteria into gas and short-chain fatty acids – causing your bloating, stomach cramps, gas, and diarrhea.

About 30% of American adults are lactose intolerant. Most have primary lactose intolerance – their lactase production decreases with age. Inflammation in the gut wall can also decrease lactase production (secondary lactose intolerance).

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea
  • bloating
  • belching
  • flatulence
  • vomiting

Lactose constipation is also possible.

What foods contain lactose?

All dairy products contain some degree of lactose:

  • breast milk
  • cow's milk
  • goat's milk
  • cream
  • butter
  • buttermilk
  • malted milk
  • milk powder
  • milk solids
  • milk byproducts
  • kefir
  • yogurt
  • whey
  • curds
  • soft cheese
  • hard cheese
  • ice cream
  • other milk products

What’s the worst cheese for lactose intolerance? Soft cheeses like cottage cheese, brie, and mozzarella tend to have higher lactose concentrations. Whenever you eat more than 12 grams of lactose you’re more likely to suffer symptoms.

Non-dairy foods that contain lactose include:

  • candy
  • chocolate
  • cakes
  • cookies
  • bread
  • breakfast cereals
  • biscuits
  • pancake mix
  • margarine
  • instant soups
  • drink mixes
  • processed meats
  • potato chips
  • nuts
  • salad dressings
  • gravies

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