Lactose Free Diet

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance cannot be prevented, but its’ symptoms and effects can be reduced or eliminated by following a lactose free diet, described below.

Food Recommendations

Although lactose intolerance cannot be prevented, its symptoms and effects can be reversed or controlled with a lactose-free diet. As with any special diet, there are certain foods to avoid to maintain a healthy, balanced digestive system.

Foods to Avoid

  • Eliminate all products containing lactose, including foods prepared with milk or other ingredients containing lactose.  Read labels to be sure.
  • Milk, cream, evaporated and condensed milk, whipped cream
  • Sour cream and cream cheese
  • Yogurt, frozen yogurt and fruit smoothies made with yogurt
  • Butter
  • Processed and natural cheeses, aged cheeses, cheese spreads and cheese foods, cottage and ricotta cheese
  • Ice cream and sherbet
  • Hot chocolate mixes
  • Prepared breads, muffins, biscuits or rolls made with milk products
  • Pancakes or waffles made with milk products
  • Creamed vegetables
  • Breaded or battered meat, fish or vegetables
  • Cream sauces
  • Processed meats with milk or lactose (hot dogs, deli meats)
  • Chowders and cream soups
  • Cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and candies made with milk products

Telehealth Appointments Available

All Capital Digestive Care physicians and advanced practice providers are offering "virtual" visits via telehealth. Call your doctor's office to schedule an appointment. For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are limiting in-office appointments and endoscopy procedures to patients requiring urgent care. We encourage all individuals to practice everyday preventive actions and social-distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.