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The Best Lactose Free and Soy-Based Products for Lactose Intolerant People

Updated on May 11, 2009

People with a lactose intolerance are often able to digest milk and dairy-based products because they lack the ability to stomach the lactose that is contained in them. Lactose intolerant individuals may find it very hard to find and buy food products that their bodies will agree with. Alot of the foods you buy at the supermarket now have soy-based or alternative versions that people who are intolerant of lactose or are vegan can enjoy.

Soy Milk:

The best wayto start eradicating the sources of lactose in your life is to switch to soy milk. It may take a while to get used to the taste difference, but once you do, you will learn to enjoy soy milk and its non-irritating goodness. It can be used in recipes just the same as regular milk.

For those of you who are worried about the fat, etc., you will find that there is little discrepancy between the fat contents of milk and soy milk. However, soy milk does come in light and fat free versions which are just as good as the original version. 

Soy Ice Cream:

On the market, there aren't as many versions of soy ice cream as soy milk. Soy ice cream tends to be a delicacy for me, as a tub is about as expensive as a tub of gourmet ice cream. A recommended brand of soy ice cream is SoGood. It comes in a variety of flavours and should be stocked by your supermarket. Great flavours to try are chocolate and chai vanilla. 

Lactose-Free Cheese:

You'll find that brands of lactose-free cheese are uncommon to be stocked by supermarkets and you'll be limited in choice if you happen to find any. It is advisable for you to go to the biggest supermarket in your area to to to find this product, as other, smaller supermarkets will not stock it. My favourite lactose-free cheese is Tofutti, which is made from tofu. It has a deeper yellow colour than regular processed cheese but tastes, in my opinion, better - and nothing like tofu! It comes in prepackaged slices and is a little more expensive than your regular sliced cheese. 

Lactose-Free Yoghurt:

Your regular supermarket should stock at least a couple of brands of lactose-free varieties of yoghurt. Their taste is rather different from dairy yoghurt, but once again, better in my opinion. 2 tubs will cost you about the same as your regular yoghurt, but they're also good to pick up when reduced - as long as consumed by their use-by date. Good brands of alternative yoghurt are Liddell's Lactose Free Yoghurt and SoyLife.

While shopping, you may have to look harder for the lactose-free versions of all your favourite products. Good luck.

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      tanya 6 years ago

      me and my 2 year old are lactose intolerant im not much of a milk drinker anyway but my son is!! He was drinking lactaid brand milk but when i paid more attention to its high sugar content we switched.I put him on unsewwtened organic soy and i was wondering if high consumptions of the soy can have a same kind of effect as the lactose intake? It seems that ever since the switch he is having the problems he used to when he was born and had bad gas and runny poops(sorry for the grossness)also complains of a tummy ache again! All I know that I am searching for the best milk he can drink in quantities that is healthy for him. Please help if you can. Tanya

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      lilian jenkins 8 years ago

      I have been informed that Sainsburys in Basildon sell lactose yogurt and cheese. I live in Clacton but can only buy milk. I shop in Morrisons and Tescos.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      I'm afraid I don't know - I have heard that you need to adjust times when you use soy-based products, though. In my cooking I generally just replace milk with soy milk and use it as I normally would, and it doesn't seem to alter the food in anyway. Have I told you I mad\ke the best vegan choc-chip cookies ever? :) Thanks for the comment.

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      Woodson 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the suggestions on lactose-free products. I have a few hubs on vegan cooking. Do you have any suggestions for which of these products are best for baking?

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Soy milk is an acquired taste, and I'm glad you enjoy it.

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      The Good Cook 8 years ago

      Although I'm not lactose intolerant I have become quite accustomed to the taste of soy milk etcetera after my daughter urged me to try it.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      /Brenda Scully - I'm not sure how we can all be lactose intolerant, and I am envious of those people who are able to drink dairy milk - Nesquik tastes much better in it =] I've heard that goat's milk is similar to soy milk except for the fact that it still comes from an animal so it's not suitable for vegans, who have been mentioned in the hub.

      C. C. Riter - Yes, it is. You'll be surprised how many people actually are lactose intolerant.

      Princessa - I can't say I've tried rice or almond milk, although I have seen them. Sadly, those two alternatives aren't frequently seen in places that use milk, such as cafes. I'd say soy milk is the dominant dairy alternative.

      I, too, seem to be fine with cheese, and even if you can tolerate ice cream, I'd recommend the So Good. Its so good! =]

      My mother once had an experience where she was at a cafe and ordered soy milk in her coffee. She also ordered an egg and lettuce sandwich and the lady offered to put soy milk in the egg, which was heartening!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      I find soy products very tasty and there is a wide variety of them to choose from. Instead of milk I also take rice "milk"and almond "milk", they are also tasty.

      Funnily enough I seem to tolerate cheese and ice cream quite good, my main No no is milk and cream and it is very annoying that sometimes milk is added to some products where you don't expect to find it.

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      It's good that there are procucts for those who are in need

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      Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      My sister is convinced that we are all lactose intolerant...... is goats milk just as good as soya milk. I find the taste a little easier to get used to...