What is Lactose?

What is lactose and why is everyone becoming sensitive to it? This blog will give you the low-down on what it is and why it harms many humans!

What is Lactose?

Marriam-Webster's Dictionary defines lactose as a sugar present in milk. It is a disaccharide containing glucose and galactose units. Any foods that contain dairy has some level of lactose in it. No matter if it is butter, milk, or yogurt, many who are lactose intolerant can react negatively to it. 

Why Does Lactose Intolerance Form?

Lactose intolerance forms when one's body cannot produce enough lactase. Lactase is the enzyme produced in the small intestine which helps balance the lactose sugar once it enters the body. Saying many are lactose intolerant is an understatement. According to USMA Health, 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. It is hard to say why, but many people say that the human body was never made to consume milk its whole life. History would say once you are done breastfeeding, you are done with milk for the rest of your life. This has obviously changed over the centuries and the body chooses to react to it.