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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Goat Milk No Cure for Lactose Intolerance

I could do a post about the ignorance of people concerning goat milk almost every day. It would bore you and raise my blood pressure, so I don't. I said it all last year when I asked Goat Milk. Will the Ignorance Ever Stop?

In that post I wrote, "Goat milk dairy products will contain almost exactly the same amount of lactose as cow's milk dairy products." That's true. It's true today. It was true fifty years ago, too.

So how do you explain this, Mr. Smarty Pants?, I hear you ask when you read:

"I am standing here in front of you today because my father was born lactose intolerant," Joey Hoegger of Hoegger Supply tells his audience.

When Hoegger’s father was born and couldn't stomach the cow's milk, Hoegger's grandfather was advised to use goat's milk instead.

(The credulous reporter is Adelia Ladson of The Moultrie Observer.

If goat milk has exactly the same amount of lactose as cow's milk then how did Joey Hoegger's father survive? Because he wasn't lactose intolerant. He might have been allergic to cow's milk, though. Goat's milk does have a different set of proteins than does cow's milk, so some people who are allergic to the one are not allergic to the other.

As I keep repeating, however, lactose intolerance and milk protein allergy are two entirely different things, having no relation to one another at all. They merely both involve milk.

Since this can literally be life and death, the distinction is critical. Let's hope that doctors can explain themselves better today than they could when Mr. Hoegger was born.

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1 comment:

pinky black said...

lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose. whether it's goats milk or cow's milk as long as it has lactose in it, it's never a cure for lactose intolerance. as easy as that. i agree with you Steve. not because he (Hoegger's father) can't stomach cow's milk does mean he's lactose intolerant. there are other factors to consider.