Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Latest from the Lactose Labs.

An interesting read on the topic of lactose intolerance.. Why do people become lactose intolerant?, in the health section of this week's on-line Wall Street Journal.

"For years, doctors thought that lactose intolerance primarily affected individuals from certain parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa. But newer evidence suggests the opposite is true. Most adults develop lactose intolerance. Only a minority—those descended from herding cultures in northern Europe and parts of Africa—have a mutation that allows them continue to break down lactose into adulthood. The misperception likely developed in part because so many Americans are of northern European descent and have the mutation."

I realize the lactose-intolerant are probably not a key demographic of Ice Cream Diaries readers and Mt. Tom's guests, but I sincerely believe that the lactose-intolerant are people too, and I couldn't, in good conscience, not pass along this interesting article.

For most individuals, lactose intolerance doesn't mean they should permanently cut out all dairy. Studies have shown that people who are lactose intolerant can drink one to two glasses of milk* a day without symptoms, says Dr. Grave, who encourages all people without allergies to drink this amount. Many people say their symptoms actually improve when they regularly drink milk, perhaps because the bacteria in the colon break down lactose more efficiently or the number of bacteria build up, he says.

* I'm no lactose scientist, but I'd say a small ice cream would be about the same as a couple glasses of milk.

And on the same topic albeit a much lighter note...

I realize it's too late for Valentine's Day, but if you're interested in a tee above for your dairy-dreading date, you can find them HERE.

And if all else fails, there's always sorbet or soy gelato (should be starting that up again in a month or two). And one last thing for you unfortunate latose-intolerant, if I come across any good spinach recipes, I'll be sure to pass them along.

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