Where do we find lactose?
Milk is the only natural source of lactose in all forms, followed by milk products, such as cheese, yoghurts, cottage cheese, cream, butter, puddings, ice-creams, ice lollies, etc. The lactose content in those foods usually varies, but it is useful to know that best tolerated are the products that have undergone a fermentation process, such as yoghurt and some kinds of cheese.
Persons with a low lactose intolerance threshold, however, should carefully read labels on products because lactose is also added to finished products, such as:
- bakery products, cereals, pizza
- meat spreads, dressings, instant soups
- confectionery and chocolates
It is also important to notice medical drug packaging leaflets, since about 20 % of them contain lactose.