list of ingredients with lactose that are not lactose free
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Which foods contain lactose?

Find a list of foods and ingredients which may contain lactose below. First, let’s have a quick primer on lactose, lactose-free, and dairy-free.

What is lactose?

Lactose is a type of simple sugar and a FODMAP found naturally in milk and milk products. It’s broken down by an enzyme called lactase. Some people do not naturally produce lactase; this results in an inability to digest lactose (also known as lactose intolerance).

 

What are lactose-free foods?

Lactose-free products are made from dairy (animal milk) but have the lactase enzyme added to break down lactose. These products are safe for people with lactose intolerance.

What is the difference between lactose-free and dairy-free?

Dairy-free products are not made from dairy (animal milk). This means they do not contain lactose (a milk sugar) or whey/casein (milk proteins). With that being said, always read labels, especially if you have a milk allergy. Products labeled “Non-dairy” and “Dairy-free” may still legally include milk proteins like casein in the USA.

List of food and ingredients with lactose

Ingredient

Likely lactose content

Asadero Cheese

Asadero cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Asiago

Asiago is a cheese made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Beta-Lactoglobulin

Beta-lactoglobulin (LGB) is the whey protein found in cow and sheep milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk is a fermented beverage made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cheese

Cheese is generally made from milk unless otherwise noted. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cheese Curd

Cheese Curd is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cheese Seasoning

Cheese Seasoning is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Chocolate

Milk chocolate and white chocolate almost always contain milk; however, some dark chocolates are made without milk. Read ingredient and allergen labels carefully and look for brands labeled "dairy-free" or vegan specifically. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Condensed Milk

Condensed Milk is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cream

Cream is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Cream Pasta Sauce

Cream is generally made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate may not include milk ingredients; check the ingredient and allergen statements carefully or look for brands labeled as "dairy-free". Milk chocolate and white chocolate almost always contain milk unless labeled "dairy-free". If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Dry Milk

Dry milk may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Edam

Edam is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Eggnog

Eggnog is traditionally made with milk and eggs and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Evaporated Milk

Evaporated Milk is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Fontina Cheese

Fontina Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Galactose

Galactose is generally a byproduct of lactose, a sugar found in milk; however, it can also be derived from sugar beets and other gums. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Goat Milk

Goat Milk is made from milk sources and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Gouda

Gouda cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Haloumi

Haloumi cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Jarlsberg

Jarlsberg cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Kasseri Cheese

Kasseri Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented beverage created from milk sources and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Lactose

Lactose, the sugar found in cow's milk, may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Lactulose

Lactulose is a synthetic sugar made from lactose, the sugar found in cow's milk. It may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Low Fat Milk

Low fat milk may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Low Fat Yogurt

Low fat yogurt is generally made from milk sources and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Malted Milk

Malted Milk is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Mascarpone

Mascarpone cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk

Animal milk (cow's milk, sheep's milk) may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate almost always contains milk which may not be lactose-free. Read ingredient and allergen labels carefully or look specifically for "dairy free" versions. Dark chocolate is more commonly dairy-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk Powder

Milk powder comes from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk Protein Concentrate

Milk Protein Concentrate comes from milk and is not dairy free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk Protein Isolate

Milk Protein Isolate is generally processed to remove lactose. 

Milk Solids

Milk Solids come from milk and is not dairy free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Milk Sugar

Milk sugar comes from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Nisin Preparation

Nisin Preparation is a preservative often created using milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Oaxaca Cheese

Oaxaca Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Paneer

Paneer cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Protein Blend

Look to see the source of the protein in protein blends. Whey protein for example comes from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Provolone Cheese

Provolone Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Quark Cheese

Quark Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Queso Fresco

Queso Fresco cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Ricotta

Ricotta cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Roquefort Cheese

Roquefort Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Sheep Cheese

Sheep Cheese is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Sheep Milk

Sheep Milk is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Skim Milk

Skim Milk is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Skim Milk Powder

Skim Milk Powder is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Sour Cream

Sour Cream is made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Strawberry Yogurt

Strawberry Yogurt is generally made from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Unsweetened Chocolate

Whey comes from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey

Whey is a protein found in milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Peptides

Whey peptides, or peptide proteins found in milk, are not dairy-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Powder

Whey powder is a protein found in milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is from milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey protein concentrate comes from milk and may not be lactose-free. Whey protein concentrate has more lactose than whey protein isolate. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein isolate comes from milk; however, it only contains a very small amount of lactose. This small amount is unlikely to trigger symptoms of lactose intolerance. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whey Solids

Whey is a protein found in milk and may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

White Chocolate

White chocolate is typically made with milk and may not be lactose-free. However, look for "dairy free" or vegan versions. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whole Milk

Whole milk may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whole Milk Powder

Whole milk powder may not be lactose-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Whole Milk Solids

Whole Milk Solids are made from milk and are not dairy-free. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

Yogurt

Yogurt is generally made from milk and is not dairy free; however, look for labeled "dairy free" or vegan versions made from non-dairy milks like oat milk and almond milk. If the product is labeled "lactose free" or if "lactase" (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) is present in the ingredient list, the product should be lactose-free.

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