You’d expect milk and ice cream to contain lactose
— a type of sugar found in milk and milk products. But salad dressing and lunch meat? Sneaky!
Here Cleveland Clinic dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD
, points out what words to look for on your food labels if you’re living dairy-free. Also realize: Nondairy on a label does NOT mean the product doesn’t contain milk derivatives. For example, a nondairy food may contain casein
, one of the major milk allergens
And remember to check your medications too. About 20 percent of prescription medications and 6 percent of over-the-counter drugs contain lactose. Talk to your doctor about your options.