Every parent would place their kid’s growth and development at top priority. They understand that good nutrition is key for their kid to grow strong and be active for their learning experiences.

 

The importance of lactose in milk

 

For young kids, dairy is a significant component of their balanced diet. Milk and other dairy products like cheese and yoghurt are key sources of nutrients including lactose.

 

What benefits does lactose offer?

 

Lactose is a source of energy. When digested, it is broken into simpler sugars, galactose and glucose, which are the stuff our body use to be active.1

 

 

Lactose also enhances the absorption of calcium and magnesium. These minerals help build strong bones and teeth.1-3

 

 

Furthermore, lactose may offer health benefits including enhanced immunity as well as better growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system due to its prebiotic properties. 1,3

 

 

Lactose is your kid's firend or enemy?

 

Not all tummies are the same, some digest lactose well, some don’t. For kids who digest lactose well, the lactose they consume is digested with the aid of the lactase enzyme. Lactase breaks lactose into simpler components for our body to absorb and use.1 However, those with insufficient lactase enzymes have lactose maldigestion. Depending on how much lactose one can tolerate, some kids with insufficient lactase will not experience symptoms while some may have stomach cramps or aches, bloated feelings, gassiness and watery stools.1

 

Provide nutrition with a lower level of lactose

 

Young kids are generally able to digest certain amounts of lactose, which varies depending on their tolerance level.3 It is recommended that lactose be taken in small amounts at a time, consuming up to 24 g lactose/day.4 You can provide nutrition from milk with lowered lactose so he/she doesn’t have to miss out on the benefits of lactose.

 

 

 

       References:

  1. Schaafsma G. Lactose and lactose derivatives as bioactive ingredients in human nutrition. International Dairy Journal. 2008;18(5):458-65.
  2. Zamberlin Š, Antunac N, Havranek J, Samaržija D. Mineral elements in milk and dairy products. Mljekarstvo/Dairy. 2012;62(2).
  3. Lukito W, Malik SG, Surono IS, Wahlqvist ML. From'lactose intolerance'to'lactose nutrition'. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015;24:S1.
  4. Wahlqvist ML. Lactose nutrition in lactase nonpersisters. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015;24(S1):s21-5.