Lactose: Evolutionary Role, Health Effects, and Applications is a professional reference that addresses the latest research from the fields of food science, nutritional science, and evolutionary biology. The book presents an overview of the qualities of lactose, beginning with the intriguing evolutionary biology advantages linked to lactose digestion in humans. In addition, the book addresses how lactose’s physiological effects differ from other saccharides and impact human health. The rationale for the application of lactose as an ingredient in products—for example, as a pharmaceutical carrier—is also discussed.
Written in close collaboration by key experts with years of study and practice, Lactose: Evolutionary Role, Health Effects, and Applications is the first book to address this topic exclusively. Scientists and nutritionists in academia and the dairy and food industry, as well as health professionals, will benefit from this valuable resource.
- Addresses hot topics, such as evolutionary aspects, lactose digestion and intolerance, lactose metabolism and gut microbial fermentation including their physiological impact, food and pharmaceutical applications, and lactose in the dairy production chain
- Serves as a first-of-its kind professional reference on lactose, addressing the latest research in food science, nutritional science, and evolutionary biology
- Presents material written by leading experts in lactose in an easily accessible format
Table of Contents
1. The Evolution of Lactose Digestion Catherine Walker and Mark G. Thomas 2. Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism, and Physiological Effects of Lactose Andrew Szilagyi 3. Lactose Intolerance and Other Related Food Sensitivities Andrew Szilagyi, Catherine Walker and Mark G. Thomas 4. Lactose - A Conditional Prebiotic? Michael G. Gänzle 5. Applications of Lactose in the Pharmaceutical Industry Gerald Hebbink and Bastiaan Dickhoff 6. Lactose in the Dairy Production Chain Kasper A. Hettinga