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Which Foods Contain Lactose?

Published date: July 18, 2013 | Modified date:
by Dr Stephen Wangen

Obvious Sources of Lactose

  • All cheeses
  • Butter, many margarines
  • Goat’s milk
  • Half-and-half cream
  • Ice cream and many sherbets
  • Milk (whole, skim, dry powdered, evaporated)
  • Yogurt

Hidden Sources of Lactose

  • Artificial sweeteners containing lactose
  • Breads, biscuits and crackers, doughnuts made with milk
  • Breading on fried foods
  • Breakfast and baby cereals containing milk solids
  • Buttered or creamed foods (soups and vegetables)
  • Cake and pudding mixes, many frostings
  • Candies with milk chocolate
  • Cookies made with milk
  • Hot dogs, luncheon meats, sausage, hash, processed and canned meats
  • Mayonnaise and salad dressings made with milk
  • Nondairy creamers (except for Coffee Rich)
  • Pancakes, waffles, toaster tarts
  • Pizza
  • Weight loss products
  • Many prescription drugs: birth control pills, thyroid medication and medications for gastrointestinal disorders (such as Reglan and Xanax)
  • Many types of vitamins
  • Foods containing whey, casein, caseinate, or sodium caseinate

If you think you may be lactose intolerant, it’s advisable to get a breath hydrogen test so that you can determine to what extent you have the intolerance.
Lactose intolerance is something that needs to be dealt with if you want to improve or preserve your health. CONTACT US with questions.

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