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Lactose, Permeate have a New Role in the Nutrition of Malnourished Children

A 15-page paper on lactose, also presented at USDEC's EB2015 event, was published separately in the March 2016 edition of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB).  


The paper advocates that "at limited extra costs, lactose or lactose-containing milk ingredients may have beneficial effects if added to food products for undernourished children." 

Equally important is the publication of findings from a double-blind clinical trial co-funded by USDEC, Arla and the Danish Dairy Foundation.  The study demonstrates that including whey protein and whey permeate in ready-to-use supplementary food improves recovery rates in children with moderate acute malnutrition vs. soy. 

The product tested contained close to 20% permeate, and 5% WPC80.  This demonstrates that permeate is an important ingredient for the management of malnutrition and it complements the high quality proteins provided by WPC80 with important Type II minerals and other growth factors.  The paper concludes, "This result is consistent with previous studies demonstrating the superior performance of dairy protein in the treatment of acute malnutrition... Substituting soy for dry skim milk [in other studies] resulted in lower recovery rates and poorer outcomes." 

Learn more about permeate's benefits at: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/02/10/ajcn.115.124636 or order a copy from our program staff.