Evolutionary Role, Health Effects, and Applications

1st Edition - March 19, 2019

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  • Editors: Marcel Paques, Cordula Lindner
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117200
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117217

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Lactose: Evolutionary Role, Health Effects, and Applications is a professional reference that addresses the latest research from the fields of food science, nutritional science, and evolutionary biology. The book presents an overview of the qualities of lactose, beginning with the intriguing evolutionary biology advantages linked to lactose digestion in humans. In addition, the book addresses how lactose’s physiological effects differ from other saccharides and impact human health. The rationale for the application of lactose as an ingredient in products—for example, as a pharmaceutical carrier—is also discussed. Written in close collaboration by key experts with years of study and practice, Lactose: Evolutionary Role, Health Effects, and Applications is the first book to address this topic exclusively. Scientists and nutritionists in academia and the dairy and food industry, as well as health professionals, will benefit from this valuable resource.

Key Features

  • Addresses hot topics, such as evolutionary aspects, lactose digestion and intolerance, lactose metabolism and gut microbial fermentation including their physiological impact, food and pharmaceutical applications, and lactose in the dairy production chain
  • Serves as a first-of-its kind professional reference on lactose, addressing the latest research in food science, nutritional science, and evolutionary biology
  • Presents material written by leading experts in lactose in an easily accessible format


Dairy and food scientists, nutritionists, and those who work in dairy and food R&D. Secondary audience comprised of graduate students and health professionals (including medical specialists, dieticians, and nutrition policy makers)

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Evolution of Lactose Digestion
    Catherine Walker and Mark G. Thomas
    2. Digestion, Absorption, Metabolism, and Physiological Effects of Lactose
    Andrew Szilagyi
    3. Lactose Intolerance and Other Related Food Sensitivities
    Andrew Szilagyi, Catherine Walker and Mark G. Thomas
    4. Lactose - A Conditional Prebiotic?
    Michael G. Gänzle
    5. Applications of Lactose in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Gerald Hebbink and Bastiaan Dickhoff
    6. Lactose in the Dairy Production Chain
    Kasper A. Hettinga

Product details

  • No. of pages: 310
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: March 19, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117200
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117217

About the Editors

Marcel Paques

Marcel Paques
Marcel Paques (biologist) was employed by Royal FrieslandCampina as principal scientist and senior research specialist since 2002. He worked at the Global Innovation Centre, where he finished his career in 2018. His key strengths are multidisciplinary integration of a wide range of various science and technology areas, and connecting research with the consumer and customer needs. He is co-founder and editorial board member of the Food Structure & Functionality Forum and is editorial board member of the Elsevier journal “Food Structure.” He has published over 20 scientific papers and book chapters and is inventor of over 10 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Specialist, FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands (until July 2018)

Cordula Lindner

Cordula Lindner
Cordula Lindner is a biologist by training and a research scientist at the Global Innovation Centre of Royal FrieslandCampina. Her current key interest is dairy nutrition and human health with a focus on gut health and bioavailability. Her work includes the investigation of the role of the dairy matrix on the absorption of nutrients and the elucidation of effects of dairy ingredients and prebiotics on the intestinal microbiota. She has a particular interest in early nutrition, breast milk compounds, and microbiota development in the infant and the impact of those factors on early and later life health status.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Specialist, Nutritional Sciences, FrieslandCampina Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands

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