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March 1927

LACTATE METABOLISM IN INFANTSITS RELATION TO LACTIC ACID MILK

Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(3):451-457. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130150090008
Abstract

Acid milks have been used successfully as food for healthy infants and for those with acute and chronic intestinal disturbances. The widespread use of lactic acid milk in America and of buttermilk in Europe has stimulated efforts to determine the cause of their beneficial effects. Marriott1 believes that the effects are achieved by the neutralization of the buffer action of cow's milk. Exhaustive studies by Schiff and Mosse2 and by Müller3 do not substantiate such a view, although they do not offer a substitute. Moreover, Moll's4 contention that equally good results are obtained with alkaline buttermilk, i. e., milk curdled by the addition of calcium chloride, has not been disputed. The effects of lactic acid on the absorption of inorganic salts were studied by Klotz.5 During the last decade, many contributions on lactic acid metabolism have appeared. The possibility presents itself that the effects of

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