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!
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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.