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Does Raw Milk Contain Lactase?

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They say this is why people who are lactose intolerant can sometimes drink raw milk. Does anyone know of any scientific data that supports this?
I've read it in Schmid's book and checked his references but I don't see anything explicitly stating that the milk has it (as opposed to yogurt).
Anyone?
post #2 of 4
Yes, raw milk is completely "self digesting". It contains the enzymes necessary to break it down with or without your digestive enzymes. If you are severely lactose intolerant, then allowing the milk to age a little (not fresh from the cow, give it a few days or a week) the lactase will start to break down the lactose. If you allow it to clabber, a lot of the lactose will be gone.

Hope this helps!
post #3 of 4
No, raw milk does not contain lactase despite the common misperception that it does; any lactase in raw milk is a result of bacterial synthesis. This is why culturing or clabbering is important because it gives the bacteria a chance to do their work.
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I only know from experience that I do better with raw, but still have digestive issues (intestinal discomfort and loose stool) with raw. No problems whatsoever with kefir, yogurt, etc.
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