Lactose Intolerance Support Group

Lactose intolerance is the condition in which lactase, an enzyme needed for proper metabolization of lactose (a constituent of milk and other dairy products), is not produced in adulthood. A hydrogen breath test is required for a clinical diagnosis. With lactose intolerance, the result of consuming lactose or a lactose-containing food is excess gas production and often diarrhea.

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Subject: Is there such thing as a lactose-free cheese?
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases

Hi,
I am very lactose intolerant. None of the current over the counter
remedies have helped me (lactaid, dairy care, etc...), although they
sometimes diminish my symptoms.

I've read somewhere that aged cheeses don't have any lactose. I also
know of lifetime fat free company's lactose free cheeses (although I
haven't been able to try them due to unavailability in my area).

So my question is, other than the Liftime brand of lactose free
cheese, is there another brand or type of cheese that is lactose free?
I'm referring to real cheese, as opposed to any of those soy or rice
cheeses out there.

Thanks in advance!





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Subject: Re: Is there such thing as a lactose-free cheese?


Hello.

Yes, it's true that most aged, hard cheeses like Swiss, sharp cheddar,
and parmesan contain little or no lactose. It's very easy to locate
the cheeses that contain no lactose. Lactose is a sugar. If the
nutritional information on the cheese says, "sugars: 0 grams," then
the cheese contains no lactose.

By looking for cheeses with 0 grams of sugar, I'm sure you'll be able
to located some lactose-free cheese at your local grocery store, but
here's an example:
Cabot Vermont Cheddar: "Sugars: 0g"
Source: cabotcheese.com
http://www.cabotcheese.com/f1.tmpl?left=menu_ourproducts.html&right=nutritionals/nutr-chddr.html

Sources:

"Also, aged cheeses contain almost no lactose. Look at the nutrition
labels on the cheese packages. If the amount of sugars listed is 0
grams, it does not contain lactose."
Source: Heluvagood Cheese: FAQ
http://heluvagood.com/faq.htm

"Cheeses, such as cheddar, emmental, edam and parmesan, contain very
little or no lactose at all."
British Nutrition Foundation: Lactose Intolerance
http://www.nutrition.org.uk/information/factfiles/lactose.htm

"Aged, hard cheeses such as cheddar, Colby and Swiss contain little,
if any, lactose and are easy to digest."
National Dairy Council FAQ
http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/faq.htm

"Q1: Im lactose intolerant. Can I still incorporate cheese into my
diet?
A1: Cheese can still play an important role in your diet. New research
finds that most people who are lactose intolerant can digest some milk
sugar, and thus enjoy some dairy foods daily, especially hard cheeses.
Most of the lactose found in cheese is removed with the whey during
the manufacturing process. Most ripened cheeses, such as Cheddar and
Swiss, contain about 95% less lactose than whole milk. Aged cheeses
contain almost no lactose - only 0.4-1 gram of lactose per ounce.
Processed cheeses contain about 0.5-4 grams per ounce."
Source: Ilovecheese.com Lactose Intolerance FAQs
http://www.ilovecheese.com/lactose_intolerant_faqs.asp

"As a result, most ripened cheeses, such as Cheddar and Swiss, contain
about 95% less lactose than whole milk. Additionally, aged cheeses,
like Parmesan and sharp Cheddar, contain almost no lactose and
processed cheeses contain only a slight amount more."
Source: Goodcooking.com Cheese Guide
http://www.goodcooking.com/amcheese/amcheese.htm

"Can you be lactose intolerant and still eat Swiss cheese?
*Research shows that most people who are lactose intolerant can still
maintain a healthy level of calcium in their diet by eating
Swiss-style cheese such as Swiss, Baby Swiss, Lacey Swiss and Reduced
Fat Swiss. This is possible because lactose is depleted during the
cheese-making process.
*Swiss cheese ferments longer at room temperature than other cheeses.
Lactose, which is used to start the cheese-making process, fully
converts into lactic acid, therefore making Swiss cheese naturally
lactose-free."
Source: Brewstercheese.com
http://www.brewstercheese.com/Educational/educational.html

"And Swiss cheese is naturally lactose free. So it's perfect for
those with lactose intolerance."
Alberta Milk: Dairy News, Fall 2002
http://www.albertamilk.com/downloads/consumerservices/02_fall.pdf

"try eating firm cheese like Cheddar and Mozzarella, since they
contain almost no lactose."
Manitoba Milk Producers: "CALCIUM FOR LIFE Are you on the right
track?"
http://www.milk.mb.ca/Nutritin/calcium/calcium.htm

search strategy: cheese, "lactose free", "no lactose", aged, hard,
cheddar, swiss

I hope this helps. It's been my pleasure to answer another question
for you. Did you ever get ahold of any of the "Race Against Time"
books again?


misterrachel-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00 Thank you for the thorough answer! I'll have to give those cheeses a
try! :-) I did get some of those Race against time books! Thanks for
your help!

Replies

TedRuxpin
TedRuxpin

The only cheese I've noticed I have problems with is cottage cheese. Otherwise cheese such as cheddar, american, swiss, mozzarella are harmless.
willowdream
willowdream

I know in the UK we have a company called 'lactofree' they make lactofree cheese... I absolutely loved the mild version of it. It was yummy albeit a little rubbery but I still enjoyed it. It melted really well and grated well and was delicious.

My local supermarket replaced it with the mature lactofree cheese which I really don't like and it's really crumbly. There is also lactofree soft cheese available, which I also don't like! Haha!

The lactofree brand also do milk, butter, fresh cream, mini milk portions, yoghurts etc. It is a good brand as it is actual cows milk but with the lactose taken from it. I don't know if it's available worldwide but know it's definately available in the uk. I love the fresh cream!! One of the things I missed the most when I found out I was lactose intolerant was berries and fresh cream!! Once I discovered lactofree I got to enjoy it once again!!

Some supermarkets do their own version of lactofree or dairy free cheese... In my experience they're not particularly nice but that's probably just my fussy taste.

I have been told that goats cheese is ok if you are lactose Intolerant. It's not something I've ever tried though.

All the best for your search to find some yummy lactose free cheese!!

Also FYI Ben and Jerrys are developing a dairy free ice cream which should come out in the US this year. (And presumably other countries not long after)