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Lactose as a Lipotropic Agent


INCORPORATION of a small amount of lactose in the diet of young albino rats increases their food intake and they grow better than the control rats fed on sucrose. This increased food intake leads to greater weight and increased fat content of their liver and kidney1. If the food intake of lactose-fed rats is equalized to that of the sucrose-fed rats by the paired-feeding technique, the liver and kidney fat content decreases in the lactose-fed rats.

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  1. Sadhu, D. P., Ind. J. Physiol. and Allied Sci., 9, 156 (1955).

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SADHU, D. Lactose as a Lipotropic Agent. Nature 177, 1236–1237 (1956).

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