Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food allergies today, but most people are unaware of what causes lactose intolerance and what lactose is.
What is lactose?
People with lactose intolerance cannot ingest the sugar contained in milk, more popularly known as lactose.
What causes this intolerance?
The difficulty in absorbing lactose is due to a lack of an enzyme produced in the small intestine, where the term milk sugar comes from, the enzyme called lactase.
This lack of lactase displaces food into the colon, instead of processing it and absorbing its nutrients.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance
Common symptoms include diarrhoea, gas and bloating. This food intolerance does not usually cause as severe reactions as other intolerances, but it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms.
These signs appear within half an hour of ingestion.
Types of lactose intolerance
- Primary, occurs over time due to a reduction in dairy consumption compared to early adulthood.
- Secondary, occurs after illness, injury or surgery affecting the small intestine. The most common diseases are celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or intestinal infection.
- Congenital, this intolerance is due to “autosomal recessive” from the mother or father and inherited by the baby. It is more likely to occur if premature birth occurs.
Products that may contain lactose
- Dairy products
- Ice cream
For all these reasons, Adpan is proud to offer the majority of our products free of lactose to improve the quality of life of those intolerant to this sugar.