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Next generation lactose free dairy for even more sensitive stomachs

Next generation lactose free dairy for even more sensitive stomachs

In its ongoing commitment to promoting health and wellbeing from dairy, Valio R&D has now moved to make milk proteins easier to digest.

Valio continues to pursue ways of helping people who wish to consume milk products and benefit from the nutrients they contain, but for one reason or another cannot do so without suffering unpleasant consequences.

Seeking new challenges

Both lactose and milk proteins can be hard to digest for some, and together with milk allergy constitute the three principle factors hampering the enjoyment of milk. Valio resolved the first of these problems with its revolutionary and unique lactose free technology.

For those of us with a sensitive stomach prone to developing symptoms such as abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating and rumbling after consuming dairy, research findings suggest that incompletely digested milk proteins may be a culprit as well as lactose intolerance.

Finding new solutions

If protein is not digested completely in the GI tract it travels to the large intestine causing excess gas, following much the same mechanism as non-tolerated lactose. The technology underlying Valio’s next generation solution allows the body to digest the milk protein faster and helps alleviate gas formation and its unpleasant outcomes.

Drawing inspiration from established knowledge, the proteins in the new generation Valio Eila® lactose free milk drink come in the same form as they occur in fermented milk products such as cultured buttermilk, which have traditionally been considered beneficial to stomach function.

The milk protein is partly degraded using proteinase enzyme, without negatively affecting the organoleptic properties of the milk product.

“Valio was first to develop a totally lactose free milk with the good taste of normal milk.”