3 Dairy Foods That Are Naturally Low In Lactose

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3 Dairy Foods That Are Naturally Low in Lactose

What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is a very common digestive problem. In fact, it affects around 75% of the world’s population. Interestingly, it’s most prevalent in Asia and South America, but much less common in parts of the Western world, including North America, Europe, and Australia, according to research from 2012.

Those who have it don’t have enough of an enzyme called lactase, found in the gut. Lactase is needed to break down lactose, the main sugar found in milk.

Without lactase, lactose can pass through the gut undigested and cause unpleasant symptoms, including:

Fear of developing these symptoms can lead people with this condition to avoid foods that contain lactose, such as dairy products.

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However, this isn’t always necessary, as not all dairy foods contain enough lactose to cause problems for people with an intolerance.

In fact, it’s thought that many people with an intolerance can eat up to 12 grams of lactose at a time without experiencing any symptoms. To put that in perspective, 12 grams is the amount found in 1 cup (230 ml) of milk.

Additionally, some dairy foods are naturally low in lactose. Below are 6 of them.

1. Low lactose butter
Butter is a high fat dairy product that’s made by churning cream or milk to separate its solid fat and liquid components.

The final product is around 80% fat, as the liquid part of milk, which contains all the lactose, is removed during processing.

This means that the lactose content of butter is really low.

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In fact, 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of butter contains only 0.1 grams of lactose.

Levels this low are unlikely to cause problems, even if you have an intolerance.

Butter made from fermented milk products and clarified butter products, such as ghee, contain even less lactose than regular butter.

So, unless you have another reason to avoid butter or need to use a large quantity, ditch the dairy-free spread.

2. Hard cheese
Cheese is made by adding bacteria or acid to milk and then separating the cheese curds that form from the whey.

Given that the lactose in milk is found in the whey, a lot of it is removed when cheese is being made.

However, the amount found in cheese can vary, and cheeses with the lowest amounts are the ones that have been aged the longest.

This is because the bacteria in cheese are able to break down some of the remaining lactose, lowering its content. The longer a cheese is aged, the more lactose the bacteria present is able to get rid of.
This means that aged, hard cheeses are often very low in lactose. For example, 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cheddar cheese contains only trace amounts of it.

Cheeses that are low in lactose include Parmesan, Swiss, and cheddar. Moderate portions of these cheeses can often be tolerated by people with lactose intolerance.

Cheeses like pecorinos, made from sheep’s milk, are also naturally lower in lactose, as sheep’s milk has lower concentrations of lactose than cow’s milk.

Cheeses that tend to be higher in lactose include cheese spreads, soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert, cottage cheese, and mozzarella.
3. Probiotic yogurt
People with lactose intolerance often find yogurt much easier to digest than milk.

This is because most yogurts contain live bacteria that can help break down lactose, so your body has less to process on its own.

For example, one of the studies included in a 2014 review of papers on lactose digestion suggested that when eating yogurt, lactose intolerant people’s digestive tracts retained 60% less undigested lactose when eating yogurt than when consuming the same amount of milk.

According to the same study, yogurt also causes fewer symptoms, with only 20% of people reporting digestive distress after eating the yogurt, compared with 80% who struggled after drinking the milk.

It’s best to look for yogurts labeled “probiotic,” which means they contain live cultures of helpful bacteria. Yogurts that have been pasteurized, a process that kills the bacteria, may not be as well tolerated.

Additionally, full-fat and strained yogurts, like Greek and Greek-style yogurt, could be an even better choice for people with lactose intolerance.

This is because full-fat yogurts contain more fat and less lactose-laden whey than low-fat yogurts.

Greek and Greek-style yogurts are strained during processing. This removes even more of the whey, making them naturally much lower in lactose.


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