Question by  photobyazicom (14)

Will drinking boiled milk help with lactose intolerance?

I am lactose intolerant and was told to boil it.


Answer by  mhbat (217)

No, that won't work. Lactose needs a particular enzyme to break it down, lactase. Boiling the water will not break it down. Taking Lactaid or something like that, which contains the enzyme you can't produce, should help.


Answer by  maelab2 (262)

Boiling milk is recommended for lactose intolerant people because it helps break down the natural sugars in the milk. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't reduce the amount of lactose.


Answer by  kmain (103)

Some people believe that boiling milk breaks down the sugars and makes it easier to digest, but this has not been proven.


Answer by  Anonymous

I found that I was able to drink milk after boiling it when I used it in a recipe for eggnog. I only looked this up on your site to verify that it truly works. Normally I have to drink powdered milk because of lactose intolerance.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Boiling milk for 10 minutes or longer will help break down the lactose. However, an easier option is to eat yogurt, which has had the bacteria break down the lactose.

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