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1 Lactose intolerance and the production of lactose-free milk
Ein Beitrag im Rahmen des Projekts Lactose intolerance and the production of lactose-free milk Durchgeführt und präsentiert von den Chemisch-Technischen Assistenten an der

2 Index Incidence of lactose intolerance Cause of lactose intolerance
Symptoms of lactose intolerance Help for lactose intolerant persons Lactose-free milk and milk products Large-scale production of lactose-free milk Lab-scale production of lactose-free milk References 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

3 Lactose intolerance Many people have problems with the digestion of milk and milk products: Drinking a glass of milk will have unpleasant side effects for them. Germans 10-20% Austrians 20-25% Slovenes 24% Spaniards 30% North Italians 52% Sicilians 71% Worldwide more than 80% of adults cannot digest the milk sugar lactose: This condition is called lactose intolerance. 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

4 Occurence of lactose-intolerance
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5 Babies are lactose tolerant
Yet, lactose-intolerant adults began their lives drinking milk from a bottle or breast and digesting it completely. Babies produce the enzyme lactase in their small intestine. This enzyme breaks down lactose. Therefore: Babies are lactose tolerant 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

6 Lactase Lactase acts as a pair of molecular scissors:
It snips the disaccaride lactose in two simple sugars, galactose and glucose: Lactose tolerant individuals produce lactase for life. For them, a bar of milk chocolate is a pleasant experience. 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

7 80 % of adults worldwide do not produce lactase
For them, the pleasure of eating chocolate, a scoop of dairy ice cream or some cheese has unpleasant consequences. 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

8 Symptoms of lactose intolerance:
bloated feeling, stomach cramps diarrhoea nausea, vomitting flatulence 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

9 „Help“ for people with lactose intolerance Undigested lactose in the small and large intestine is the common cause for the nasty discomforts suffered by lactose intolerant persons. lactase–tablets to be taken with lactose containing meals lactose-free milk products produced by breaking down lactose using lactase sour milk products lactose converted to lactic acid using microbes 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

10 Market for lactose-free products on the rise
Increasing demand from developing countries Increasing range of healthy and tasty lactose-free milk products ice cream yoghourts cheese pudding cream in coffee Most of these are produced by OMIRA 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

11 Large-scale industrial production of lactose-free milk
Lactose is split into glucose and galactose by adding the enzyme lactase to milk Production of lactase enzyme is expensive: It is manufactured by microorganisms and has to be purified from these. Key to economic production of lactose-free milk: Immobilization of lactase Lactase is included within a matrix; milk is continuously pumped through it No residual lactase in milk Enzyme can be re-used frequently 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

12 Lab-scale in vitro production of lactose-free milk: Immobilization of Lactase by Na-alginate
Enzyme solution is prepared and mixed with the Na-alginate solution Mixture is dropped into a solution of calcium chloride to harden the alginate beads The lactase-beads are collected. They can be re-used for about a month. 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

13 The lactase-beads are added to conventional cow‘s milk, whey, or lactose-solution
MinusL + Cleavage of lactose into galactose and glucose is detected by glucose test strips 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

14 Results Lactose cleavage by lactase as a function of time
judged by Glucose test sticks Glucose content (%) Time elapsed after lactase addition 0 min 5 min 10 min 20 min 40 min 80 min 24 h Milk (4.8% lactose) 0,05 0.2 0.4 0.7 1,0 5,0 Whey 0.1 0.5 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.8% Lactose-solution 0.6 1.5 5.0 4.8% Saccharose-solution 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

15 Results Cleavage of lactose by lactase was also confirmed by HPLC:
Lactose + Lactase 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

16 References: 20 October Klasse 2BKC2

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