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What is reduced-lactose milk?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Reduced-lactose milk is prepared at processing plants by adding the enzyme lactase to pasteurized milk and storing it for twenty-four hours. When the appropriate level of reduction has been reached, the milk is pasteurized again to stop the activity of the lactase enzyme. Milk labeled "lactose-reduced" must contain at least 70 percent less lactose than regular milk. Milk that has 99.9 percent of its lactose hydrolyzed may be labeled "lactose-free." In addition to lactose-reduced and lactose-free milks (2 percent fat, 1 percent fat, and nonfat), other lactose-reduced dairy products are also on the market. In general, reduced-lactose milks and other reduced-lactose dairy products taste sweeter than their traditional counterparts.

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