Lactose Free Dairy Options

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Lactose Free Dairy Options

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Many people who can’t tolerate “dairy” are simply lactose intolerant. The following foods are lactose free (or very very low) and tolerated by many people. Dairy is very nutrient dense and can be useful, it is safe for the specific carbohydrate diet.

  • Butter (very low levels of lactose) or ghee (clarified butter – no lactose).
  • Home-made 24 hour yogurt.
  • Dry curd cottage cheese.
  • Aged cheese (at least three months). If an artisan cheese is not on the list but is aged it is likely okay. Extra sharp cheddar may not be well tolerated due to the culture used. People can tolerate cow/goat/sheep/etc on an individual basis. Likewise sometimes people tolerate cooked cheese differently than uncooked cheese. Some aged cheeses include: Asiago, Blue, Brick, Brie, Cheddar, Colby, Edam, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyere, Havarti, Jack (Montery), Jarlsberg, Muenster, Parmesean, Provolone, Roman and Swiss.
  • Lactase treated cream is okay in very small amounts, like one cup of coffee per day.
  • Raw milk still has lactase enzyme in it, which is why raw milk is often better tolerated.

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