Benefits of Lactose-Free Milk
Every time we go to the supermarket we're met by an ample selection of different milks. Soy milk, oat milk or lactose-free milk are now available alongside the regular skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. In this OneHowTo article we'll focus on the latter, particularly on the benefits of milk without lactose, which is the alternative for all people who suffer from lactose intolerance.
The first benefit of lactose-free milk is that it allows lactose intolerant individuals to replace conventional milk without having to renounce calcium and other nutrients in milk. This is vital as calcium is essential for our body to function smoothly and fortunately this is also found in lactose-free milk. However, it's not just the lactose intolerant that benefit from this, but also the elderly or those suffering from irritable colon.
If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you'll notice an improvement in your digestion when drinking lactose-free alternatives. However, you might not notice a major difference if you do not suffer from intolerance. Drinking lactose-free milk even if you're not lactose intolerant will be beneficial in the long term because lactose accumulation can be a cause of the stomach problems in adulthood. Lactose-free milk can therefore prevent these stomach upsets.
Lactose-free milkis rich in minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. Minerals found in lactose-free milk include calcium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium or sodium; the same nutrients found in conventional milk. Vitamins include vitamin C and A, however, it has less vitamin B. Regular milk has natural sugars whilst many alternatives provide unsweetened options. In addition, lactose-free milk has almost no fat.
Nonetheless, that does not mean that replacing cow's milk with alternatives will help us lose weight miraculously; cow's milk, if skimmed, also contains next to no fat. With lactose-free milk, you can also opt for skimmed milk instead of whole.
Lactose-free milk is also good for the heart. On the one hand, the aforementioned minerals help regulate blood pressure; whereas vitamin B (albeit limited) helps produce red blood cells. But that's not all. It may sound strange, but the combination of vitamin B and potassium regulates the heart's electrical activity.
We mentioned that lactose-free milk is high in vitamin A and C, which is great for skin care. Vitamin A helps us to keep hydrated whilst vitamin C helps in wound regeneration. Read more in this OneHowTo article on the best vitamins for skin.
Vitamin A also contributes to ocular health and prevent problems such as cataracts, whilst vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Conventional milk has about 45 grams per litre of lactose, whilst lactose-free milk contains no more than one gram per litre. Be careful with low-lactose milk as they still contain 18 grams of lactose per litre.