Products which contain lactose

Products which contain lactose

What products contain lactose?

Lactose is present in many food products and in some medications. Below are some sources of lactose.

Food Products

Lactose is in all milk and milk products. Manufacturers also often add milk and milk products to boxed, canned, frozen, packaged, and prepared foods. People who have digestive symptoms after consuming a small quantity of lactose should be aware of the many food products that may contain even small amounts of lactose, such as:

  • Bread and other baked goods
  • Waffles, pancakes, biscuits, cookies, and the mixes to make them
  • Processed breakfast foods such as doughnuts, frozen waffles and pancakes, toaster pastries, and sweet rolls
  • Processed breakfast cereals
  • Instant potatoes, soups, and breakfast drinks
  • Potato chips, corn chips, and other processed snacks
  • Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and lunch meats
  • Margarine
  • Salad dressings
  • Liquid and powdered milk-based meal replacements
  • Protein powders and bars
  • Candies
  • Non-dairy liquid and powdered coffee creamers
  • Nondairy whipped toppings

People can check the ingredients on food labels to find possible sources of lactose in food products. If a food label includes any of the following words, the product contains lactose:

  • Milk
  • Lactose
  • Whey
  • Curds
  • Milk by-products
  • Dry milk solids
  • Non-fat dry milk powder



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