from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of lactylate.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Not lactates, or lactones, or lactylates, or any of the dozen other chemical names that might be encountered.
In fact, I can't find a single site that is scientifically trustworthy that says that lactylates might contain milk protein.
Until I have better or newer information, therefore, I have to suggest to adults, or to parents who think that lactylates may have caused an allergic reaction in their children, that they should try to find a different source of the milk contamination or to consider the possibility that some other cause was the culprit.
My Dairy or Nondairy page on my Steve Carper's Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse website has for years carried this quote from FAAN (the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) about lactylates:
If you want to eliminate lactylates from your foods, go right on doing so.
None of the sound-like-milks (lactates, lactylates, lactic acid, etc.) should be a problem to anyone who is LI.
The lactylates are more complicated, with forms like calcium stearoyl-2 lactylate or sodium isostearoyl lactylate.