Lactulose is made from lactose, a natural component in milk.
It has several characteristics which make it an attractive and effective energy source for gut bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria:
• It is indigestible by human enzymes in the gut
• It is not digested in the small intestine
• It passes unchanged into the colon
Already in 1957 it was demonstrated that lactulose stimulates the growth of colonic bacteria in adults and infants.
Due to its well-known product characteristics and established beneficial effects, lactulose is used as a food and feed ingredient to support the colonic flora.
Fresenius Kabi is now offering a newly developed food and feed ingredient based on lactulose, which is - according to its chemical composition of galactose and fructose - also known as galacto-fructose.