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What foods should you avoid if you're highly sensitive to lactose?

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If you are highly sensitive to lactose, you may need to avoid foods such as:

  • Baked goods
  • Bread, baking, and pancake mixes
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Certain types of candy, such as milk chocolate
  • Instant foods (breakfast drink mixes, mashed potatoes, soups, and meal replacement drinks)
  • Margarine
  • Nondairy creamers (liquid and powdered)
  • Nondairy whipped topping
  • Processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and lunch meats)
  • Protein and meal replacement bars
  • Salad dressing

From: Could You Have Lactose Intolerance? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rusynyk, R and Still, C. , April 2001. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health, Bethesda, MD, Feb. 22-24, 2010.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Hydrogen Breath Test and Lactose Intolerance.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: “Digestive Diseases Statistics.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance Overview.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerances.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Rusynyk, R and Still, C. , April 2001. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health, Bethesda, MD, Feb. 22-24, 2010.

WebMD Medical Reference: “Hydrogen Breath Test and Lactose Intolerance.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: “Digestive Diseases Statistics.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lactose Intolerance Overview.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerances.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

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