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Lactose: 3 Research-Backed Benefits & 2 Side-Effects

Lactose is a sugar sometimes referred to as milk sugar because it is a natural component in milk.

The benefits of consuming lactose are that lactose stimulates the intestinal absorption of calcium, it is an important part of the energy supply for infants, it is good for the stomach and intestine, and may also be beneficial against some lower intestinal diseases.

Side effects that might come from consuming lactose have been postulated that it might induce oxidative stress and inflammation.

In this article, we list claims of potential benefits and/or side-effects of lactose that we have found research on. Every claim is listed with all of its sources. We get these claims from our Nutrition Tool.

We also have an article about lactose named What Is Lactose & What Foods Can I Find It In? if you're interested in learning more.

Research-Backed Beneficial Claims Of Lactose

These are some of the potential research-backed health benefits of lactose.

1. Calcium Absorption

Lactose - Calcium Absorption

About this claim

Calcium absorption is affected by several promoting and inhibitory factors. Your body absorbs about 20% of the calcium you consume from foods. Research shows that some nutrients can help your body with absorbing calcium.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 4 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

2. Infant Development

Lactose - Infant Development

About this claim

Infants are children between 0-1 years of age. Some nutrients are essential for infants. They are necessary to lay the foundations for lifelong health. The most crucial nutrients for infants will they obtain from breast milk. When an infant doesn't breastfeed, it's crucial to make sure the child gets all the nutrients it needs.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 20 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

3. Stomach And Intestine

Lactose - Stomach And Intestine

About this claim

Your stomach and intestines are where the nutrients from the food you consume get in your body. Research shows that some nutrients may be beneficial for your stomach and intestines. For instance, help keep your digestive system healthy.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 20 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

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Research-Backed Side-Effects Of Lactose

These are some of the potential research-backed side-effects of lactose.

1. Inflammation

Lactose - Inflammation

About this claim

Consuming foods that are bad for you can cause chronic inflammations. Research shows that all nutrients might not be useful for you. Some might give you or make your inflammation worse.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 47 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

2. Oxidative Stress

Lactose - Oxidative Stress

About this claim

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. It can lead to cell and tissue damage. Several studies have shown that some nutrients might worsen the balance between the free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to the development of serious diseases.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 18 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator




Sara
Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.