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People who were unable to digest lactose lost 5.7 lbs less than others - 20.2 lbs vs 14.5 lbs
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People who were unable to digest lactose (milk sugar) as determined by a breath test lost 5.7 lbs less during a three month study than subjects who were able to digest lactose -- 20.2 lbs vs 14.5 lbs -- according to a study by researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Subjects were prescribed a reduced-calorie diet containing 30 percent fewer calories than their needs.
"Approximately 70% of the world’s population loses the ability to digest large amounts of lactose after weaning," the authors noted.
The inability to digest lactose had no effect on urinary calcium excretion or fecal fat loss associated with calcium. REFERENCE
Buchowski M, Aslam M, Dossett C, Dorminy C, Choi L, Acra S. Effect of dairy and non-dairy calcium on fecal fat excretion in lactose digester and maldigester obese adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Jan, 34(1):127-35.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. M. Buchowski
Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232, USA
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