Did you know approximately 75% of earths population is lactose intolerant?
Don’t agree with that statement? Reading this may change your mind.
Humans are the only species on the planet that drinks milk from other species. And although the statistics vary from race to race and country to country, overall it remains consistent. Most everywhere, the majority of people are lactose intolerant. In some Asian countries, 90 of the population is lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance occurs when the human body does not produce enough lactase to break down lactose. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and many other dairy products.
The enzyme lactase is responsible for breaking down lactose. Lactase is an enzyme found on the wall of the intestines. Lactase breaks down lactose (the sugar found in milk) into galactose and glucose. The body produces large amounts of lactase when infants because it’s needed to break down breast milk. The human body stops producing lactase after children stop breastfeeding because at that point the body no longer needs as much lactase. The reduction of lactase activity after infancy is a genetically programmed event.
Since lactase’s only function is the digestion of lactose in milk, most mammal species experience a dramatic reduction in the activity of the enzyme after weaning. Humans consumption of non-human milk and dairy products consumed beyond infancy has allowed the minority to adapt genetically by creating lactase beyond the infant years. But it’s this is a slow evolution over time. This is why most humans are lactose intolerant. Even with genetics catching up, this still takes thousands of years. Every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives, and because of that we don’t have an enzyme to break down the sugar in milk. A select percentage of humans already has a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactase gene which allows them to process lactose as adults. They are the 25% who are not lactose intolerant.
With over 75 percent of humans on the planet unable to properly process it, it is evidence enough that we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies. Our natural state is to be lactose intolerant. Undigested lactose in the small intestine acts like an osmotic agent, causing water and electrolytes to be pulled into the intestines, which results in diarrhea, bloating and gas. Have you ever had a stomach ache or “terrible gas” after drinking milk or eating dairy? The body struggles and compensates, as well as protects itself by developing coping methods for our unnatural habits.
An great alternative to dairy milk is a non-dairy product such as almond milk -or- if you must drink milk choose Organic lactose free milk.