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Unformatted text preview: Lactose Intolerance If you dont produce one of these enzymes (or dont produce enough of it), you wont be able to digest and absorb the specific carb that enzyme would digest Unabsorbed carbs pass into the large intestine, where bacteria digest it Bacterial digestion produces acids and gases that irritate the lining of the intestines and cause bloating, diarrhea, cramping, and flatulence The most common enzyme deficiency is lactase insufficiency, which causes lactose intolerance and the other symptoms mentioned above Intolerance may be better or worse, depending on type of dairy products We culture (to ferment foods) dairy products by inoculating them with microorganisms and letting them partially digest the lactose for us...
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- Fall '09