Everyone reacts to lactose in a different way; most people can simply replace all dairy products in their diet with plant-based alternatives, while others are highly sensitive and will also need to avoid the not so obvious ingredients in foods that contain lactose. Our dairy swaps list is a guide to help you pinpoint the foods and drinks in your daily diet that contain lactose. It would be impossible to provide a 100% accurate list of dairy and lactose free pre-prepared foods, as recipes vary so much and manufacturers are always developing them. So to ensure any product is dairy free, it is important to always check the full ingredients list on packaging.
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As milk is a known allergen along with eggs, nuts, peanuts, soya, mustard, lupin, fish, shellfish, molluscs, gluten, sesame seeds, celery, sulfite food labeling laws set out by the European Union (EU) require that all dairy food or foods containing dairy must be labeled as 'contains milk', no matter how tiny the quantities.
Any food containing an ingredient that may have been derived from milk must also be labeled as containing milk. See our ingredients list for more dairy derived ingredients that may be hard to spot unless you know how.