Lactose intolerance

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by mdhan, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. mdhan

    mdhan New Member

    Would a significant portion of lactose just pass through unabsorbed in someone who's lactose intolerant? Since lactose intolerance is caused by lactase deficiency, it seems logical that a lot of the carbs from milk are 'negated' for a lactose intolerant person.
    I'm not lactose intolerant per se, but I do have some problems when I drink over two to three cups in one sitting. If what I said above were true, would this mean that some of the lactose just pass through when I drink more than I can handle?

    Thoughts? Thanks
  2. When the lactose is not broken down by enzymes, it gets broken down by something else further down the tract -- bacteria, which tend to produce lots of gas and other symptoms of lactose intolerance. It doesn't usually get to the other end as lactose. The lactose can also cause other non-digestive signs of lactose allergy, although the symptoms are mild in most people, even after "weaning" age (when other lactose intolerance symptoms begin to kick in.)
  3. mdhan

    mdhan New Member

    So are the partially digested carbs not used at all?

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