How much lactose are you getting?

Dairy products vary in the amount of lactose they provide. Percentages of lactose in milk products include:

  • Whole milk–4.6 percent
  • Skimmed milk–4.8 percent
  • Goat milk–4.4 percent
  • Sour cream–2.7 percent
  • Heavy cream–1.7 percent
  • Imitation cream–2.3 to 6.8 percent
  • Brie or camembert cheese–a trace
  • Cheddar cheese–0.1 percent
  • Processed cheese slices–5.0 percent
  • Cottage cheese–3.1 percent
  • Fruit yogurt–4.0 percent
  • Ice cream (vanilla)–5.2 percent

[SOURCE: M.C.E. Lomer, G.C. Parkes and J.D. Sanderson, “Review article: lactose intolerance in clinical practice–myths and realities,” Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, January, 2008]

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Last Updated March 19, 2009