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Amount of lactose in milk products

A product is classified as "lactose-free" and therefore can be tolerated well when it contains less than 0,1g lactose per 100g. Some lactose intolerant people can, however, tolerate amounts of 1g per 100g in a product quite well.

The contents given in this table are for the purpose of orientation, and cannot be seen as absolute values. The lactose content can vary considerably. (see article "Lactose intolerance: What foods contain lactose?")

More detailed tables of lactose content can be found in the download section.

It has been reported that some dairy products like goat or sheep milk do not contain lactose and that they can therefore be tolerated well. This information is false! Lactose is present in all mammalian milk products. This includes goat’s milk, camel’s milk and sheep’s milk! Comparison of different types of milk below on this page!

Lactose contents below 1g/100ggram/100g
Dark chocolate (75% Cocoa) 0-0,5
Butter 0,1-1g
Camembert 0,0 (up to>1g)
Feta cheese (45 % fat) 0,5
Mature cheeses (Gouda, Emmentaler, Tilsiter, Bergkäse, ...) 0-0,1
Parmesan 0,06
Ricotta 0,3
butter oil <0,1
Lactose contents 1-5g/100g 
Buttermilk 4-5
Cottage cheese 4
Low-fat curd cheese/quark 3-4
Chocolate spread 1,5-3
Soured cream (15% fat) 3,2
Curd cheese/quark (20% fat) 2,7-3,7
Yoghurt 3,2-4,5
Lactose contents over 5g/100g 
Ice cream / gelato 6-7
Evaporated/condensed milk 9-13
Skimmed milk powder 50,5
Skimmed milk 4,8
Milk chocolate 9,5
Whey powder 72,8
Processed cheeses, 45% fat 6,3
Whole milk (3,6% fat) 4,6-4,8
Comparison of milk products 
Cow’s milk, fat-reduced (min. 1,5%, max. 1,8% fat) 4,8
Sheep’s milk 4,7
Mare’s milk 6,2
Camel’s milk 5,2
Goat’s milk 4,2
Powdered milk (full fat) 35,1
Powdered milk (reduced fat) 50,5
Evaporated milk 9,32
Whipping cream, cream, etc. (min. 10% fat) 4,05
Buttermilk 4,01

Sources include:
Souci-Fachmann-Kraut, Lebensmitteltabelle für die Praxis, 3.Auflage (teilweise)

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