List of lactose products

Are you concerned about having lactose in your meals? If so, then review this list of lactose products to know which foods are the most dangerous and which are a little more subtle and less dangerous.



Milk Powder

Coffee Creamer

These three products are major sources of lactose, with anywhere from a third to nearly eighty percent of their content being straight lactose. Individuals with even mild lactose intolerance should stay away from these products as much as possible and specifically exclude them from their diet. Substitutes for these products may be available in some stores, allowing for similar texture and flavor without any of the lactose.


Condensed Milk

Low Fat Milk

Whole Fat Milk (from any type of animal, really)

Chocolate Milk


Half and Half Cream

Light Cream

Sour Cream

Whipping Cream

Whole Milk Yogurt

Low Fat Yogurt

Ice cream

Ricotta Cheese

Cottage Cheese

Cream Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese

While not as high in lactose as the major concerns, these products can still be a significant source of lactose in a diet and may, in fact, be enough to trigger a reaction in individuals who are sensitive. Lactose is usually more tolerable to the body when consumed alongside other foods. For example, milk is often enjoyed with cereal, yogurt can be mixed into smoothies, and cheese is a very popular topping for many kinds of pizzas.




Feta Cheese

Brie Cheese

Camembert Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Swiss Cheese

Appenzeller Cheese

Gruyere Cheese

Tilsiter Cheese

Sheep Cheese

All of these products contain lactose, but usually to a lesser degree than anything in the other sections of the list. Even some individuals with lactose intolerance may be able to enjoy these foods with relative ease, especially if they are taken with other foods at the same time. However, any lactose-intolerant individual should consider speaking with their doctor or another qualified medical professional prior to adding any food item that contains lactose to their diet.

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