Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Lactose Tolerance in Adults

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Explain and discuss how the human race acquired the ability for adults to digest milk. Must be at least 200 words

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com May 20, 2020, 11:43 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    The ability of adults to digest milk is caused by a phenomenon called lactase persistence. After childhood, many mammals including humans, stop producing lactase and become lactose intolerant. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and lactase is the enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of lactose into glucose and galactose. While many adults lose the ability to catalyze lactose, thus becoming lactose intolerant, many people have developed ...

    Solution Summary

    How and why adults are able to drink milk in 207 words.