Lactose is a sugar present in milk which contributes to the development of our immune system and gut health
See the bottom of this page for the ingredients highest in lactose
What is lactose?
Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products.
The body digests lactose using a substance called lactase which breaks lactose down into two usable sugars, glucose and galactose.
What is lactose intolerance?
Some people don't produce enough lactase so the lactose stays in the digestive system and ferments, creating gases which lead to the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance in children is often caused by an infection in the digestive system which should clear up in a few weeks.
It is important to distinguish lactose intolerance from an allergy to milk protein which is a far more serious allergic reaction to milk products.
One of the highest ingredients for lactose is breast milk.
Can I eat any milk products?
Many hard cheeses only have a trace of lactose in an amount so small it is nutritionally insignificant. In the light of this we have not included lactose data for ingredients with only a trace of lactose.
It is interesting to note that eggs also contain a trace of lactose and are classified as lactose free.