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Weight-Loss Drinks Can Make You Gassy

by Medindia Content Team on  December 22, 2001 at 12:11 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Weight-Loss Drinks Can Make You Gassy
Researchers say that people who have difficulty digesting milk products may experience an increase in gas if they consume milk-based powder supplements designed as a meal replacement. About 25% of Americans have lactose intolerance. A condition in which an individual lacks a sufficient supply of an intestinal enzyme critical for the digestion of milk-based foods. Consuming large amounts of lactose can cause such individuals to experience bloating, diarrhoea and flatulence.
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While eating solid foods with milk can reduce such reactions, the researchers point out that between 11% and 21% of the Americans who diet each year rely to some degree on low-fat meal replacement supplements. Many such food substitutes contain milk-based powders that users mix with fat-free milk, before drinking as a replacement for a meal.

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The researchers found that those who consumed the high-lactose preparation experienced a large increase in intestinal gas. The women passed gas three times as frequently--from about 10 times a day to 30 times a day--compared with those who drank the low lactose mix.
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