That’s right, if you can happily eat ice cream without suffering the consequences of lactose intolerance, you are in the minority. Approximately 70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant.

Lactose intolerance is particularly common in Asia, according to Mikako Sasa, a scientist at Novozymes, who is an expert in enzymes – and lactose intolerant herself. “Most people in Asia can’t drink milk,” she says. “This is because they’re missing the enzyme lactase in their digestive system.”

A classic ice cream usually contains both milk and cream, which consist of the milk sugar, lactose.

“I love to eat ice cream in the sun and luckily there’s a solution to the problem. Thanks to the enzyme lactase, ice cream factories can produce lactose-free dairy products such as ice creams. All you need to do is find a lactose-free ice cream when you go shopping,” advises Mikako.

A quick internet search scoops up lots of results for lactose free products. Cool news for fans of the cold stuff (‘scuse the pun).

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins, found everywhere in nature – also in the human body, where they help you digest your food. Novozymes makes enzymes that are used for many different purposes. In detergent, enzymes help remove stains and in the textile industry, enzymes can help reduce the use of chemicals. Novozymes has used nature’s own solutions to produce lactose-free milk and cream.