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Lactose Intolerance—Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1570

Price: $65.75

Lactose Intolerance Demonstration Kit for biochemistry shows an over-the-counter enzyme Lactaid™ (lactase) in action. Enough materials for seven demonstrations.

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Intestinal gas—not a very pleasant thought! Gas can be a big problem for those who lack the enzymes to digest certain foods. Do products that advertise to eliminate this problem really work? This demonstration kit shows an over-the-counter enzyme Lactaid™ (lactase) in action! Flasks containing various sugar combinations with and without Lactaid™ are compared for gas production by yeast cells. Balloons inflate very quickly when digestible sugars are available to the lactose intolerant yeast cells. Inflated and non-inflated balloons dramatically illustrate the concept and consequences for students.

Concepts: Enzymes, disaccharaides, monosaccharides.
Time Required: One class period
Materials Provided: Baker’s yeast, galactose, glucose, balloons, Lactaid™ tablets, lactose.