Lactose Intolerance Facts
1. Lactose Intolerance is not an all or one
2. Many people who have some degree of lactose intolerance can actually handle a
certain amount of dairy each day.
3. this may be limited to certain types of
4. One cup of milk a day equates to about 15
grams of lactose.
5. Partial Lactose intolerance is called
Lactose Maldigestion. This is when the body can digest some lactose. When there is intolerance, the body reacts to
any amount of lactose.
Gas and Flatulence and Lactose
Gas is a frequent problem with people who
don't digest lactose. When no lactase is present to help metabolize (fancy word for breaking down), the dairy
products goes through the small and large intestine.
Lactase is produced in the Small
Bacteria help us with many digestive
processes. There are hundreds of different kinds in our gut. Bacteria in the Large Intestine sense the undigested
dairy and go to work. These are Anaerobic Bacteria that produce the
byproducts: Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide. These have strong odors we expel as gas.
These bacteria are called anaerobic, because
they work in an absence of oxygen. They produce a lot of gas that gives the odors to 'flatulence"
The Anaerobic Bacteria discussed in the
preceding paragraph give off hydrogen and methane byproducts. These not only have strong odors, but are also easy
to conclusively test for by labs.
The preferred test for Lactose Intolerance is
to test the amount of Hydrogen and Methane breathed out. The presence of these particular byproducts of the
bacteria is fairly conclusive.
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