Lactose Intolerant?

Written by Kim Beardsmore


Do you know anyone who can't consume milk or milk-based products? The condition is not uncommon and these people are classified as lactose intolerant.

Lactose isrepparttar main carbohydrate or sugar found in milk, and in varying quantities in dairy products made from milk including yoghurt, ice cream, soft cheeses and butter. Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance results from an inability to digest lactose inrepparttar 148065 small intestine.

Back inrepparttar 148066 cave-days,repparttar 148067 only time a person would ever ingest lactose would be when they were infants getting milk from their mothers. During their adult lives milk was never consumed. Only withrepparttar 148068 invention of agriculture has milk become readily available to adults. Lactose is unique in that only in milk does it exist as a free form, unattached to other molecules.

What causes lactose intolerance?

Lactose is digested inrepparttar 148069 small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. This enzyme allowsrepparttar 148070 body to break downrepparttar 148071 lactose into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These are quickly absorbed byrepparttar 148072 intestine and provide energy forrepparttar 148073 body. The level ofrepparttar 148074 lactase enzyme varies between individuals, as doesrepparttar 148075 severity ofrepparttar 148076 symptoms caused by lactose intolerance.

What arerepparttar 148077 symptoms of lactose intolerance?

Symptoms range from milk abdominal discomfort, bloating and excessive wind to sever abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.

Substitutes for lactose-containing foods

Lactose intolerance generally isn't serious and can be controlled by some simple changes in your diet. The dietary changes for lactose intolerance should includerepparttar 148078 exclusion of those foods highest in lactose. There is now a wide range of fresh soy milks, yoghurts and ice creams which are lactose free and calcium enriched. Many dairy foods actually have little or no lactose so you can continue to enjoy them.

Weight Loss The Soft Drink Diet

Written by Greg Ryan


Inrepparttar early ninety's doctors were beginning to seerepparttar 148037 growing trend in American's waist lines. So for a very short period of time they came out onrepparttar 148038 offensive by promoting better foods to eat. An easy one was endorsing pasta meals. What they failed to mention wasrepparttar 148039 best time to eat pasta and what other things to not eat with it. Thus, fifteen years later, you are twenty percent fatter, and more confused than ever. Pasta by itself is not necessarilyrepparttar 148040 problem, but combine that with soft drinks or wine, then you haverepparttar 148041 Venus fly trap.

Remember years ago,repparttar 148042 sticky strip you hung out in your back yard. Flies would fly by and stick torepparttar 148043 strap. Well, that is what soft drinks do in your system. While you may be eating half way descent food groups (not to mention your portions)repparttar 148044 sugar drinks act asrepparttar 148045 sticky fly trap. This hindersrepparttar 148046 digestive process.

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