UW-Madison offers first lactose-free ice creams

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 --- 7:33 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The dairy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has unveiled its first two lactose-free ice cream flavors, catering to customers who may have a hard time digesting the milk sugar.

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/1bNETox ) says the flavors are vanilla and Hazelnut Cafe.

Health officials estimate that as many as 80 percent of Asians and Native Americans are lactose-intolerant. That means their body lacks the enzyme that breaks down lactose.

People who have sampled the new ice cream say it's a little grainer than regular ice cream and not quite as creamy, but still a viable substitute.

Bill Klein manages the school's dairy plant. He says he's not sure there's much demand for lactose-free ice cream, but officials will wait and see how customers respond.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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