Lactose is a type of sugar which occurs naturally in the milk of all animals and humans. It is less sweet than cane sugar and is used to sweeten drinks for infants and invalids since drinks sweetened with lactose are high in calories without being sickly sweet.

Lactose is also less soluble than cane sugar and for this reason some time should be allowed to elapse between reconstituting dried milk (which contains lactose) and using it.

In the digestive process, lactose is broken down into glucose and galactose.

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