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Also Known As : β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-D-glucose


Taste Profile

It has a mild sweet taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Lactose is added in Infant formula as it helps to match the composition of human milk.
  2. Lactose is not fermented by most yeast during brewing, which may be used to to sweeten stout beer, the resulting beer is usually called a milk stout or a cream stout.
  3. Another significant lactose use is in the pharmaceutical industry, lactose is added to tablets and capsules because of its properties, i.e., compressibility.


Lactose is the sugar that is present in milk. Dairy products such as yoghurt, cream and fresh cheese have lactose content similar to that of milk. Ripened cheese contain little to no lactose, as bacteria convert most of it into lactic acid during the maturing process.

Health benefits


  • Lactose is thought to support the growth of friendly bacteria needed to fight undesirable organisms and promote health in the human intestine.(1)
  • It aids the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body.(1)


People who are lactose intolerant may experience gas, bloating and diarrhea on lactose consumption.(2)

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