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August 17, 1935

Committee on Foods

JAMA. 1935;105(7):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760330038013

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LACTO-DEXTRIN  The Battle Creek Food Company, Battle Creek, Mich., submitted to the Committee on Foods a product essentially lactose, dextrin, soluble starch and lemon powder called "Lacto-Dextrin."

Manufacture.—  Dextrin is prepared by diastatic enzyme hydrolysis of cooked cereal starch in a water suspension. Lactose equivalent to the dextrin yield (calculated on dry basis) is added. The mixture is dried at 42 C., admixed with an equal weight of dried lactose and 1 per cent of lemon powder, pulverized and sealed in tins.

Discussion of Advertising.—  The advertising presents Lacto-Dextrin as: "A special carbohydrate food for changing the intestinal flora . . . an antitoxic food . . . (it) combats autointoxication . . . is not a medicine, but . . . is most efficient for changing the intestinal flora—that is, for suppressing and destroying the poison-producing germs found in the intestinal tract. At the same time, Lacto-Dextrin builds up an army of protective or friendly germs. . . . This is

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