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Which foods can lactose be found in besides dairy products?

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Lactose may be found in foods you don’t expect, including:

  • Calcium-fortified breads
  • Cereals and baked goods
  • Powdered meal replacements
  • Instant potatoes, soups, and breakfast drinks
  • Pancake, biscuit, and cookie mixes
  • Margarine
  • Salad dressings
  • Products labeled “non-dairy,” like whipped toppings and creamers, which may include milk-derived ingredients

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance – Topic Overview.”

Adolfsson, O., , August 2004. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance: Home Treatment.”

MedicineNet.com: “Lactose Intolerance.”  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance – Topic Overview.”

Adolfsson, O., , August 2004. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance: Home Treatment.”

MedicineNet.com: “Lactose Intolerance.”  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

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