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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Boost Energy Drink: Lactose-Free But Not Casein-Free


I found this article - which is as close to a press release as I've ever seen; let's not pretend this is real journalism - that touts the wonderful benefits of Boost nutritional energy drink.

What caught my attention was the claim that Boost is lactose-free.

People who are at risk for osteoporosis or bone loss include older adults, non-ambulatory people who have difficulty exercising, post-menopausal women, and people who are on chronic steroid therapy for medical conditions. Older adults who are lactose-intolerant or allergic to milk are also at risk for calcium deficiency. Now, BOOST® comes with CalciLock® to help maintain bone health. Each BOOST® drink contains just as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk, but it’s lactose-free.

OK, sounds good. I check everything, especially press releases. That's my mission. So I went to the Boost website to search for ingredients.
Water, corn syrup solids, sugar, vegetable oil, (canola, high oleic sunflower, corn oils) milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, and less than 0.5% of potassium citrate, magnesium chloride, soy lecithin, calcium phosphate, salt, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, beta-carotene, biotin, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine, hydrochloride, folic acid, potassium iodide, magnesium phosphate, natural and artificial flavor, choline chloride, vitamin E acetate, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3, vitamin K1, carrageenan, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, cupric sulfate, chromic chloride, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, ferrous sulfate. Contains milk protein and soy.

Contains milk protein. So people with milk protein allergies, beware.

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4 comments:

Registered Dietitian said...

So what is your point? Milk protein is not lactose because lactose is milk sugar. A product can be lactose free because it either contains no milk or because the milk sugar (lactose) has been broken down so that it is digestible for people who are lactose intolerant. Lactaid milk is real milk with the lactose already broken down so it is digestible for lactose intolerant people and Lactaid milk has milk protein just lie regular milk. A milk protein allergy is not the same as lactose intolerance lactose intolerance is caused by an enzyme deficiency, it's not an allergy.

Anonymous said...

Horsefeathers! Every item that claims to be lactose free still affects ME. I have to treat even lactose free products by consuming not less than six (6) lactose pills per glass/bowl of ice cream/etc...

brinbre said...

Agree with anonymous. I am lactose intolerant and none of the so claimed lactose free dairy products work for me. I go with almond milk. You can call it what you want but if it is in any way related to a dairy product and causes you digestion problems, it has lactose in it!

Dan Jen said...

Regardless, boost can still give people who ate lactose intolerant a good bout of diarea, so people beware.