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  • n  any of a group of enzymes (trade name Lactaid) that hydrolyze lactose to glucose and galactose

  • The enzyme that does the cracking is lactase.
  • Normal babies secrete lactase in abundance and thus have no difficulty in digesting mothers' milk, cows' milk or comparable substitutes.
  • But most adults of European ancestry do produce lactase -- and that enzyme production seems to be linked to one single genetic variant, which, the study authors write, must have .
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  • The Healthy Table: Adjust diet for lactose intolerance but don't miss out on calcium
    Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest or break down lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. It is caused by a shortage of lactase, an enzyme produced by the small intestine that is needed to digest lactose. While not life-threatening, the symptoms of this condition can be uncomfortable. But there are many adjustments you can make to your diet to minimize the symptoms of ...
    Nov. 24, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

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