Does chocolate have lactose?
My son's pediatrician is testing him on a lactose-free diet for one week to see if his stomach troubles imrpove. Can he have chocolate? One of the ingredients listed is "milk fat."
Also, what about butter?
You really have to look closely at the ingredients on each and every individual product. Many chocolate bars and chocolate products do contain lactose. But there are also some that do not. Cocoa itself doesn't have lactose, but when it is made into candy it usually does.
According to Livestrong, lactose is in all dairy products (milk, cream, buttermilk, butter, cheese, processed cheese food, yogurt, ice cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk and sour cream). Common ingredients to avoid include milk, lactose, whey, milk solids, curds, milk by-products and buttermilk powder.
As someone who suffers from serious food allergies, my advice to you is: When in doubt, avoid!
Not all chocolates have lactose added, fortunately. Dark and semi-sweet chocolates are almost always lactose-free. Usually the higher the cocoa content, the less likelihood there is of encountering lactose.
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