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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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Is lactose/dairy free coconut milk okay for Crohn's patients?

Is lactose/dairy free coconut milk okay for Crohn's patients?

Yes: Coconut water/milk is lactose free. Sometimes malabsorption is a problem with dairy in Crohn's but if you have no gas, bloating, or diarrhea with coconut milk then you're in the clear. ...Read more

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What will happen if you drink a lactose free milk even though you're not lactose intolerant?

Nothing: Lactose-free milk is just regular cow's milk with lactase-enzyme added to convert lactose sugar molecules to simpler sugars such as glucose and galactose, which can be absorbed without further enzymatic action in the intestine. It will not hurt you in any way to drink lactose-free milk. There is also no particular advantage unless you are lactose-intolerant. ...Read more

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How do I switch my lactose intolerant baby off formula and onto lactose-free cow milk?

How do I switch my lactose intolerant baby off formula and onto lactose-free cow milk?

Mixing: Add some lactose free milk to each formula feeding, slowly increasing the lactose free milk portion. This will mask the taste initially, and the baby will be tolerant to the new milk taste. ...Read more

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My daughter can't poo without exruictaing pain and isn't taking her milk. She currently is on a lactose free her poo is also green?

My daughter can't poo without exruictaing pain and isn't taking her milk. She currently is on a lactose free her poo is also green?

Constipation: I would need a bit more information in order to help you properly. Her age, how long she has had this problem, any blood in her poo, remedies tried prior, any past medical history. If pain really is excruciating i recommend taking her to the emergency department. ...Read more

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