Posted 15 February 2006 - 12:20 AM
f someone is Lactose Intolerant, but they do not produce symptoms of LI from dietary amounts of lactose, why is there even such a word?
Largely, it has to do with the fact that at one point the medical community believed
that lactose in ordinary dietary amount did cause symptoms.Today, this belief is still around because it takes time for recent research to change people's minds, even the minds of doctors.A better terminology is to use lactose maldigestion to describe the inability digest lactose and lactose intolerance to describe symptoms a person who has lactose maldigestion gets when consuming too much lactose at any one time.
Why do LI'ers avoid dairy if dairy isn't causing their symptoms?
Mostly because they mistakenly believe their symptoms are due to lactose. This mistaken belief is the result of normal pyschology. We look for patterns and find them even when none exist. Symptoms actually can come and go randomly.
Why do LI'ers buy Lactose free products if dietary amounts of lactose don't cause their problems?
The above answer plus marketing by the diary industry. Yes, the dairy industry actually wants you to think there is lactose intolerance.
Five sentences, and every single one is flat out wrong.
Of course, they are 100% correct.
1. I've been tested specifically for lactose intolerance.
No, you haven't because the test would have killed you.
2. There are different degrees of lactose intolerance. Just do a Google search on "lactose intolerance degree" and you'll find thousands of people, including many doctors, who agree that there are varying degrees of lactose intolerance. Just add "Dr" to the search to get info from doctors.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=en&...rance+degree+dr
It's irrelevant because they are mild to moderate. Beyond that, chemistry is a limiting factor.
3. Even people with a moderate amount of lactose intolerance can get gas from "dietary amounts" of lactose, such as that contained in a scoop of ice cream.
No, they don't.
4. I was in denial about lactose intolerance for years.
I admit a bummer because you had been right all along.
5. Lactaid prevents dairy from giving me diarrhea.
Didn't I mention that most likely does not do this?
Another possibility is that I actually know what I'm talking about.
No, it's not because your observations make it impossible.
Why do you find it so hard to believe that MSG gives me diarrhea?
Because you claimed that tiny amounts of lactose do and they can't do that. Because it's so difficult to objectively assert cause and effect. That's why everyone who believe they have lactose intolerance, but none of them actually do.
My symptoms arise even when I don't know the ingredients of foods.
How could not know the ingredients? Is every food novel?
But as I said, I've been tested for lactose intolerance. It was around 15 years ago.
They don't even have a test for that now, only for lactose maldigestion.
Can you cite your source?
Chemistry 101. Symtpoms are produced through osmotic effect. Osmotic effect requires osmotic pressure and that requires mass. So you need a significant mass of lactose to produce symptoms.
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