Monday, November 24, 2014

Lactose Intolerance

This was quite an eye opener. According to this source, about 30% of North Indians and 70% of South Indians are lactose intolerant. I never through lactose intolerance was a 'thing' in India. Most likely because we don't really have a word for it. Milk has always been an integral cultural part of (north) Indian diet (remember the whole butter stealing habits of Lord Krishna?) and, I guess, the idea of lactose intolerance just doesn't occur to people.

Also, I've often wondered about the absence of milk in Asian cuisines. Given that 90-100% of Asians are lactose intolerant, the absence is well explained.

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