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Thursday, November 05, 2009

A Reminder This Is Planet Lactose

Lactose intolerance (LI) is at its lowest in northern European countries and in populations descended from people emigrating from there. Low is not the same as zero, and a raft of articles from other countries and in various languages serve to remind everyone that the majority of humans are genetically LI and therefore we indeed live on Planet Lactose.

The following links are to the originals, but are followed by excerpts courtesy of Google Translate.


1. Lactose
Symptoms of intolerance to lactose (milk sugar =: diarrhea, bloating, abdominal cramps. Are affected up to 30 percent of the European population (compared with only three to five percent suffering) with clinically proven food allergies. Lactose is found not only in cow's milk products like cheese, but is also often accompanied by industrially produced food. In trade, there's labeled lactose-free milk and dairy products. The intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase in the small intestine. With a breath test can determine this incompatibility.

To reflect the increasing number of patients with food allergies and intolerances into account, there is since 2004 a labeling regulations for packaged foods. Lactose was incorporated into a product, it must be marked on the packaging. Beware of medications: Again, may contain lactose. However, this is usually only relevant if a lactose-free diet is really necessary.

5) Almond Milk
Advantages: it contains no saturated fat or lactose and has the least calories of all milk alternatives. It is also suitable for vegans.

Homemade or purchased commercially, yogurt belongs to the category of healthy foods nutritionally. It is rich in calcium (150 mg of calcium per 125g pot). It also reveals much more digestible than milk as lactose, sometimes poorly digested, is converted by enzymes. Finally, yogurt promotes good bowel. His enablers contributing in part to balance the intestinal flora, even in cases of diarrhea.

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