Lactose-Free Milkshakes are a popular option among lactose intolerant people, but some health experts are calling for more studies on their safety and efficacy.
Lactase-deficiency patients and those with a lactose intolerance, a diet low in sugar and lactose, can have trouble digesting the milk in a milkshake and could end up with a bacterial overgrowth, the Food and Drug Administration warns.
Lactic acid is the primary cause of food poisoning in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Beverage Association said in a statement that the FDA has recently taken action to reduce the number of lactose warning labels in products.
“The FDA is working on a set of guidelines to reduce lactose content in food packaging to better reflect the food’s true taste,” the association said.
The FDA has already removed lactose from more than 3,000 food and beverage products, including many ice creams, beverages, juice, yogurts and other products.
FDA spokeswoman Lauren Lefebvre said in an email that the agency has reviewed the latest research on the safety of lactase-free milk and has made recommendations that will be reviewed by the FDA’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Food Safety.
The agency is also reviewing lactose labeling for beverages in the wake of a report from the American Beverages Association, which said that there are more than 200 lactose warnings on beverage labels.
FDA officials said the agency is working with the National Dairy Council to ensure the milk is labeled as lactose free.