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Lactase Deficiency.

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Charles Thompson Lactase Deficiency Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down the mammal milk sugar lactose in the digestive system. The problem stems from a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by cells that line the small intestine so the disorder is sometimes referred to as Lactase Deficiency. Lactose is a sugar found in milk, and as a deficiency in lactase means it can not be broken down into it's simpler form of glucose so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. All mammalian milk contains lactose. In most cases lactose intolerance develops after around the age of two years and the body begins to produce less lactase. ...read more.


People suffering from lactase deficiency and do not avoid lactose may suffer from weight loss and malnutrition. The amount of lactose an individual can tolerate varies from person to person, this is dependant on the amount of lactase the person produces, often it is a trial by error method of finding how much lactose a person can tolerate. Although many foods contain lactose, supermarkets sell a number of products which are dairy free. The products available include butter, yoghurt, non dairy cream and Soya milk. Soya milk contains all of the nutrients found in regular milk and can be purchased in a sweetened or unsweetened form with the sweetened form usually containing fructose. ...read more.


Some of the foods I found to contain lactose are: Butter, milk powder, butter oil, all forms of mammal milks (skimmed to full fat, evaporated and condensed), milk solids, non-fat milk, cheeses, cream, artificial butter flavour, butter solids, caramel colouring, caramel flavouring, dried milk, milk protein, Simplesse (sugar alternative), Opta (sugar alternative), sour cream, sour milk, donuts, bread, cookies, crackers, cakes, waffles, pancakes, gravy, yoghurt, hot dogs, ice cream, margarine, salad dressing, seasonings, sausages and sherbet. Considering all the foods that are only allowed to be eaten in certain quantities by lactase deficient people, it would be very difficult to maintain an average diet for people living in a similar society to this. Although this problem is not as devastating to dietary requirements as something like diabetes or nut allergies, this would cause a lot of care and attention to be taken in the choosing and eating of foods. ...read more.

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