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Why Indians and Europeans Tolerate Milk

15 September 2011

Indians and Europeans are a tolerant bunch, at least when it comes to milk, and it could all stem back to the same person who lived as long ago as 10,000 years, according to a Cambridge University study.

While 68% of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance, many in India and Europe – as well as the Middle East and parts of Africa – have a genetic mutation that makes them lactase persistent, allowing them to digest lactose, the sugar in milk.

All babies produce the gut enzyme lactase, but production usually shuts down before adulthood. For the intolerant majority, drinking milk can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, bloating and diarrhea. That seems like a suitable punishment for being intolerant in general, but it’s harsh for simply being averse to lactose.

……..Cambridge University researchers carried out the study in association with others from UCL, CCMB Hyderabad, University of Tartu, Harvard and University of Chennai…

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/09/15/why-indians-and-europeans-tolerate-milk/

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Written by csirindia

September 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Posted in CCMB

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