Valio has launched a next generation of lactose-free dairy, as it seeks to make milk proteins more easy to digest for consumers with particularly sensitive stomachs.
Both lactose and milk proteins can be hard to digest for some, and together with milk allergy constitute the three principle factors hampering the enjoyment of milk, the Finnish dairy producer explained. Valio resolved the first of these problems with its revolutionary and unique lactose-free technology, which works by allowing the body to digest the milk protein faster and helping to alleviate gas formation and its unpleasant consequences.
Drawing inspiration from established knowledge, the proteins in the new generation Valio Eila lactose-free milk drink come in the same form as they occur in fermented milk products such as cultured buttermilk, which have traditionally been considered beneficial to stomach function. The milk protein is partly degraded using proteinase enzyme, without negatively affecting the organoleptic properties of the milk product.
“In the course of product development, given the scant research in the field, we conducted a clinical trial with consumers back in 2010,” said Olli Tossavainen, principal technology advisor for Valio.
As part of the study, the company split 90 respondents into two groups, wherein one group received Eila first-generation lactose-free milk, while the other group was given the new generation of drinks containing partially digested proteins. Both milks were identically low in fat.
Each participant kept a symptom diary, describing complaints such as stomach pain, flatulence, bloating and rumbling, from which a symptom sum was calculated. The new generation group reported a positive significant change in their symptoms during the test period, indicating that they were not simply lactose intolerant.
As a sum of symptoms, the change before and after use of the test products was “statistically significant”, with 69% reporting that the new Valio Eila milk drink tasted better than other lactose-free milk drinks on the market, according to Research Insight Finland.
“Next generation Valio Eila complements our product range as the freshest tasting lactose free milk drink, and there is a clear demand among lactose free milk drinkers for a fresher taste,” Valia concluded.
And Maritta Timonen, export manager for Valio, added: “Valio’s new patented technology delivers unique milk products ideal for consumers suffering from the adverse effects of milk protein as well as lactose intolerance.”
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