A1: Cheese can still play
an important role in your diet. New research
finds that most people who are lactose intolerant
can digest some milk sugar, and thus enjoy
some dairy foods daily, especially hard
Most of the lactose found
in cheese is removed with the whey during
the manufacturing process. Most ripened
cheeses, such as Cheddar and Swiss, contain
about 95% less lactose than whole milk.
Aged cheeses contain almost no lactose -
only 0.4-1 gram of lactose per ounce. Processed
cheeses contain about 0.5-4 grams per ounce.
When shopping for cheese,
look at the Nutrition Facts panel on the
labels. If the amount of sugars listed is
0 grams, it does not contain lactose. You
can always call the manufacturer if you
are still unsure.