Lactose Absorption

Lactose Absorption - Lactose Absorption Last example also...

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Lactose Absorption Last example also concerns interaction between nutrition and health, but instead of an Amerindian staple, we look at a staple of Northern Europeans -- milk Many Europeans and their No. American descendants hold belief that milk is an ideal food, even for adults This belief reinforced by Dairy Association ads claiming that "Everybody Needs Milk" and "You Never Outgrow Your Need for Milk" Perhaps because of the deep historical roots of this belief and fact that most scientists = Europeans or Euroamericans, it wasn't until 1965 that scientific documentation of variation in ability to digest milk began to accumulate In the next few years, we learned that the great majority of humans not only outgrow their need for milk, but indeed their very ability to digest it! That is, most adults lack the enzyme (lactase) needed to break down complex carbohydrate of "milk sugar" (lactose) into simpler sugars (glucose and galactose) that can be absorbed by human gut Almost all human infants produce lactase, hence can digest lactose, but in most human
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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