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Food NameLactose
Cheese, cheddar0.23
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd2.67
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd1.56
Cheese, cottage, lowfat, 2% milkfat2.90
Cheese, cream3.21
Cheese, mozzarella, whole milk0.07
Cheese, neufchatel3.19
Cheese, parmesan, grated0.15
Cheese, swiss0.06
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, fortified with vitamin D2.15
Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified5.41
Cream, sour, cultured3.50
Eggnog7.84
Dessert topping, powdered, 1.5 ounce prepared with 1/2 cup milk3.75
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Lactose

Lactose is the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk.

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose. After eating foods with lactose in them, you may feel sick to your stomach. You may also have gas, diarrhea or swelling in your stomach.

Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Lactose intolerance is not serious. Eating less food with lactose, or using pills or drops to help you digest lactose usually helps. You may need to take a calcium supplement if you don't get enough of it from your diet, since milk and foods made with milk are the most common source of calcium for most people.


Causes of Dairy Sensitivity

Dairy sensitivity can be caused by lactose intolerance, milk allergies or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • Lactose intolerance: deficiency of a natural enzyme called lactase in the body which can cause symptoms of gas, bloating and diarrhea when foods with lactose are eaten.
  • Milk allergies: the immune system doesn´t recognize one or more proteins in dairy products, such as whey and casein, as being harmless.
  • IBS: intestinal disorder that causes abdominal discomfort and symptoms like diarrhea and constipation. The exact cause of IBS is unknown.

How to Manage Lactose Intolerance

information from the National Institutes of Health

Although the body's ability to produce lactase cannot be changed, the symptoms of lactose intolerance can be managed with dietary changes. Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet. Gradually introducing small amounts of milk or milk products may help some people adapt to them with fewer symptoms. Often, people can better tolerate milk or milk products by taking them with meals.

The amount of change needed in the diet depends on how much lactose a person can consume without symptoms. For example, one person may have severe symptoms after drinking a small glass of milk, while another can drink a large glass without symptoms. Others can easily consume yogurt and hard cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss but not milk or other milk products.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommend that people with lactose intolerance choose milk products with lower levels of lactose than regular milk, such as yogurt and hard cheese.

Lactose-free and lactose-reduced milk and milk products, available at most supermarkets, are identical to regular milk except that the lactase enzyme has been added. Lactose-free milk remains fresh for about the same length of time or longer than regular milk if it is ultra-pasteurized. Lactose-free milk may have a slightly sweeter taste than regular milk. Soy milk and other products may be recommended by a health professional.

People who still experience symptoms after dietary changes can take over-the-counter lactase enzyme drops or tablets. Taking the tablets or a few drops of the liquid enzyme when consuming milk or milk products may make these foods more tolerable for people with lactose intolerance.

Our Sugar-Related Nutrient Databases

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Lactose Food Sources

List of top foods high in lactose content.



Lactose (g)
Foods Highest in Lactose Content (100 g of edible food portion)

56.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, with iron, powder

56.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, LIPIL, with iron, powder, with ARA and DHA

56.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, LIPIL, low iron, powder, with ARA and DHA

56.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, low iron, powder, not reconstituted

55.53
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, with iron, powder, not reconstituted

55.53
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, ADVANCE, with iron, powder, not reconstituted

54.70
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, low iron, powder, not reconstituted

53.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, PROSOBEE LIPIL, with iron, powder, not reconstituted, with ARA and DHA

52.38
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, PM 60/40, powder not reconstituted

52.02
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, NEOSURE, powder, with ARA and DHA

14.00
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, LIPIL, with iron, liquid concentrate, with ARA and DHA

13.76
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, low iron, liquid concentrate, not reconstituted

13.76
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, with iron, liquid concentrate, not reconstituted

13.52
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, ADVANCE, with iron, liquid concentrate, not reconstituted

10.50
Child formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, PEDIASURE, ready-to-feed

8.30
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, SPECIAL CARE, ADVANCE 24, with iron, ready-to-feed, with ARA and DHA

8.21
Candies, KIT KAT Wafer Bar

8.20
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, NATURAL CARE, ADVANCE, ready-to-feed, with ARA and DHA

7.84
Eggnog

7.74
Crackers, cheese, sandwich-type with cheese filling

7.18
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, LIPIL, low iron, ready to feed, with ARA and DHA

7.18
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, low iron, ready-to-feed

7.18
Infant formula, MEAD JOHNSON, ENFAMIL, with iron, ready-to-feed

6.90
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, with iron, ready-to-feed

6.90
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC NEOSURE, ready-to-feed, with ARA and DHA


Lactose (g)
Foods Highest in Lactose Content (100 g of edible food portion)

6.90
Macaroni and cheese dinner with dry sauce mix, boxed, uncooked

6.90
Infant formula, ABBOTT NUTRITION, SIMILAC, ADVANCE, with iron, ready-to-feed

6.43
Cheese product, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified

6.23
Light Ice Cream, soft serve, blended with milk chocolate candies

6.23
McDONALD'S, McFLURRY with M&M'S CANDIES

5.86
McDONALD'S, Hot Fudge Sundae

5.82
Cheese, cream, low fat

5.62
McDONALD'S, McFLURRY with OREO cookies

5.62
Light Ice Cream, soft serve, blended with cookie pieces

5.59
Fast foods, vanilla, light, soft-serve ice cream, with cone

5.59
McDONALD'S, Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone

5.46
McDONALD'S, Hot Caramel Sundae

5.44
WENDY'S, Frosty Dairy Dessert

5.41
Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified

5.41
Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, without added vitamin D

5.33
McDONALD'S, Vanilla TRIPLE THICK Shake

5.32
McDONALD'S, Chocolate TRIPLE THICK Shake

5.30
McDONALD'S, Strawberry TRIPLE THICK Shake

5.20
Milk, fluid, 1% fat, without added vitamin A and vitamin D

5.20
Milk, lowfat, fluid, 1% milk fat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D

5.09
Milk, nonfat, fluid, with added vitamin A and vitamin D (fat free or skim)

5.09
Milk, nonfat, fluid, without added vitamin A and vitamin D (fat free or skim)

5.05
Milk, whole, 3.25% milk fat, without added vitamin A and vitamin D

5.05
Milk, whole, 3.25% milk fat, with added vitamin D

5.01
Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milk fat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D

5.01
Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milk fat, without added vitamin A and vitamin D

4.92
Dulce de Leche

4.84
Cheese, cream, fat free

4.72
McDONALD'S, Strawberry Sundae

4.68
Babyfood, cereal, barley, prepared with whole milk

4.67
Babyfood, cereal, rice, with bananas, prepared with whole milk


Lactose (g)
Foods Highest in Lactose Content (100 g of edible food portion)

4.67
Babyfood, cereal, rice, prepared with whole milk

4.67
Babyfood, cereal, oatmeal, with bananas, prepared with whole milk

4.63
Milk, chocolate beverage, hot cocoa, homemade

4.63
Egg custards, dry mix, prepared with whole milk

4.59
Egg custards, dry mix, prepared with 2% milk

4.50
Babyfood, cereal, mixed, prepared with whole milk

4.43
Ice creams, strawberry

4.26
BURGER KING, Vanilla Shake

4.07
DENNY'S, macaroni & cheese, from kid's menu

3.83
Milk, chocolate, fluid, commercial, reduced fat, with added calcium

3.83
Milk, chocolate, fluid, commercial, reduced fat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D

3.75
Dessert topping, powdered, 1.5 ounce prepared with 1/2 cup milk

3.66
APPLEBEE'S, KRAFT, Macaroni & Cheese, from kid's menu

3.62
Restaurant, Latino, arroz con leche (rice pudding)

3.43
Puddings, rice, ready-to-eat

3.41
Meal supplement drink, NESTLE, SUPLIGEN, canned, peanut flavor

3.34
McDONALD'S, Hotcakes (plain)

3.21
Cheese, cream

3.19
Cheese, neufchatel

3.02
Restaurant, family style, macaroni & cheese, from kids' menu

3.02
Macaroni and cheese, dry mix, prepared with 2% milk and 80% stick margarine from dry mix

3.01
McDONALD'S, Low Fat Caramel Sauce

2.90
Cheese, cottage, lowfat, 2% milk fat

2.88
Cream, sour, cultured

2.71
Snacks, corn-based, extruded, puffs or twists, cheese-flavor

2.70
CRACKER BARREL, macaroni n' cheese plate, from kid's menu

2.70
CRACKER BARREL, macaroni n' cheese

2.67
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd

2.54
Yogurt, Greek, plain, nonfat

2.38
McDONALD'S, Hotcakes (with 2 pats margarine & syrup)

2.37
HOT POCKETS Ham 'N Cheese Stuffed Sandwich, frozen


Lactose (g)
Foods Highest in Lactose Content (100 g of edible food portion)

2.37
Pasta mix, Italian four cheese lasagna, unprepared

2.36
Puddings, tapioca, ready-to-eat

2.32
Cheese, fresh, queso fresco

2.31
Cookies, sugar wafers with crème filling, regular

2.25
CHOBANI CHAMPIONS Low Fat Greek Yogurt, Vanilla Chocolate Chunk

2.22
McDONALD'S, Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait (without granola)

2.18
Candies, TOOTSIE ROLL, chocolate-flavor roll

2.15
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, fortified with vitamin D

2.15
Snacks, tortilla chips, nacho cheese

2.15
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, without added vitamin D

2.12
Snacks, corn-based, extruded, puffs or twists, cheese-flavor, unenriched

2.11
McDONALD'S, Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait

2.00
McDONALD'S, Hotcakes and Sausage

2.00
Pie, pumpkin, commercially prepared

1.80
Puddings, vanilla, ready-to-eat

1.71
BURGER KING, CROISSAN'WICH with Egg and Cheese

1.70
Puddings, chocolate, ready-to-eat

1.70
Babyfood, dessert, custard pudding, vanilla, junior

1.65
T.G.I. FRIDAY'S, macaroni & cheese, from kid's menu

1.65
Chocolate, dark, 45- 59% cacao solids

1.63
TACO BELL, Nachos

1.63
Fast foods, nachos, with cheese

1.60
Cheese, white, queso blanco

1.56
Waffles, plain, frozen, ready -to-heat, toasted

1.56
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd

1.51
Spinach soufflé

1.50
Candies, chocolate, dark, NFS (45-59% cacao solids 90%; 60-69% cacao solids 5%; 70-85% cacao solids 5%)

1.48
Waffles, plain, frozen, ready-to-heat

1.46
Waffle, plain, frozen, ready-to-heat, microwave

1.45
Dip, salsa con queso, cheese and salsa- medium

1.44
Snacks, tortilla chips, low fat, made with olestra, nacho cheese

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