Uses

Because of its low solubility and the common occurrence of lactose intolerance in adults, food uses of crystalline lactose are limited; but it must be kept in mind that lactose constitutes about 70% of the solids of sweet whey, so where whole liquid or dried whey is used as an ingredient, some functionality of lactose is realized. Crystalline lactose is used to a small extent in toppings, icings, pie fillings, confections, and ice creams to provide body and texture while contributing less sweetness than the same amount of sucrose would (3). It is used as a carrier for flavors, because enhancement of flavor and colors is one of its attributes (11-15). Lactose provides bulk and rapid disintegration and dissolution of pharmaceutical tablets. It is present in about 20% of tableted prescription drugs and in about 6% of over-the-counter drugs.

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