Learn what foods contain lactose

The following foods contain lactose. The quantities shown are approximate and only intended as a guide. Please consult your doctor or dietician for futher advice.

Cows milk, whole 4.7 (About 27g per pint)

Cows milk, skimmed 5.0 (About 30g per pint)

Goats milk 4.6 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Mothers milk 7.0 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Sweetened condensed whole milk 10.2 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Sweetened condensed skimmed milk 12.0 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Dried whole milk 39.4 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Dried skimmed milk 2.8 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Non-fat instant dried milk 50.0 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Single cream 3.2 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Double cream 2.0 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

whipping cream 2.5 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Yoghurt – natural or flavoured 4.7 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Yoghurt – fruit 3.3 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Camembert 0.4 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Cheddar 1.2 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Gouda 2.2 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Blue 2.3 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Cottage Cheese (Ordinary) 2.8 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Cottage Cheese (Low Fat) 2.7 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Parmesan 2.9 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Cream cheese 2.9 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

Vanilla ice cream 6.8 – Approx. % per 100 grammes

In addition to the above, the following foods also contain lactose:

Milk chocolate, some biscuits, Instant potato, Creamed soups, Creamed salad dressings, Potato salads, Some gravies, Powdered eggs, Puddings, Most breads & pastries, Calcium enriched milks, Ovaltine, Instant Cocoa mix, Many instant foods / meals some variety meats such as sausage.

There are also many other foods that contain lactose. Check the label for milk, dried milk or lactose in the list of ingredients. Some tablets, capsules and medications also contain lactose as a binder or filler.