Why does butter contain so little lactose?


Fans of cooking and butter sandwiches will be delighted to learn that butter, even though it comes from milk, contains only a small amount of lactose. Do you have severe to moderate lactose intolerance or alactasia? Find out more about butter and its lactose content in this article, so that you can develop the best eating routine for optimal digestive comfort on a daily basis.


How much lactose is in butter?

Butter is a fat obtained by beating the cream from milk. As such, it belongs to the dairy food family. Low in calcium and high in fat, it is nevertheless mainly considered as a source of fats, like olive oil and other vegetable oils used for cooking and seasoning.

What about lactose in butter? This raw dairy product contains only small traces of lactose, the milk sugar found in abundance in milk (cow's, goat's, sheep's, etc.), condensed milk, powdered milk and fresh cream. It is estimated that 100g of butter contains the equivalent of 0.6g of lactose. By way of comparison, a person with moderate alactasia can consume up to 12g of lactose a day without experiencing the symptoms associated with this food intolerance: abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, etc.

This low lactose content is actually explained by the butter-making process. The churned cream used to make it is rich in fat or lipids, whereas lactose is a sugar or carbohydrate. With around 80 % of lipids for 20 % of water, butter is definitely not a classic dairy product, which will please lactose intolerant people for whom butter is a real guilty pleasure.


Can I eat butter if I'm lactose intolerant?

Generally speaking, the key is moderation in the case of lactose intolerance. While butter can be eaten by most intolerant people without causing the undesirable effects mentioned above, it is advisable to limit as far as possible the consumption of recipes and dishes that are particularly enriched with butter, such as escargots à la bourguignonne and their traditional parsley butter.

Would you like to try high-butter recipes at home or indulge in generously buttered dishes in restaurants despite your lactose intolerance? Then try lactase supplementation, an effective way of consuming lactose without compromising the smooth running of your digestion. At Lactolérance, lactase-based food supplements come in different forms to suit all lifestyles.

Choose Lactolérance 4500 in the case of moderate alactasia or Lactolérance 9000 in the case of severe alactasia to eat butter and other dairy products with complete peace of mind on special occasions. On a daily basis, rely on Lactolérance 1Day for ongoing protection against the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

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