Hidden Sources of Cow's Milk

    Hidden Sources of Cow's Milk

    Many common foods may contain cow's milk. Read about hidden sources of cow's milk.
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    Many of the foods shown here typically contain cow's milk; those marked with a * may or may not. Read labels to be sure.

    Finding Hidden Milk

    • Look in the ingredients list for the word "milk," with or without parentheses around it. For example, "whey (milk)" or "milk."
    • Check the packaging for a statement. such as "Contains Milk."
    • Re-read labels often. Product ingredients can change.
    • Avoid unlabeled foods. It's not easy to tell if foods sold loose/fresh (like bakery items) contain cow's milk.
    • Watch for cross contact. Deli meats sliced on a machine used for cheese may contain milk residue.
    • Ask the market managers. They may be able to supply a list of the milk-free foods they carry.
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    Cupboard Items

    Baby biscuits

    Store-bought baby foods*

    Certain baby formulas (non-hypoallergenic)*


    Macaroni and cheese


    Potato sides (such as scalloped or au gratin)

    Certain soups (bisques, chowders, and creamed soups)

    Tuna kits (prepared with dressing or mayo)*

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    Refrigerated Items

    Milk (all forms, including products suitable for someone with lactose intolerance)

    Cream (including half and half)

    Cheese (including artificial)

    Nondairy creamer*



    Malted milk

    Butter, ghee, and some margarines

    Egg substitutes*


    Salad dressings*


    Sour cream


    Cottage cheese

    Soft cheese (cream cheese, quark)




    Whipped cream

    Deli Meat*

    Hot Dogs*

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    Frozen Foods

    Ice cream

    Frozen yogurt


    Frozen waffles, pancakes, and French toast*

    Battered frozen foods (such as chicken nuggets)*


    French fries*

    Frozen vegetables in batter or sauce*

    Frozen dinners*

    Sausages, meatloaf, and other prepared meats*

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    Carmel candies and syrup*





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    Bakery Items

    Baked goods (biscuits, cakes, doughnuts, muffins, and pies)*

    Breads and rolls*


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    Baking Ingredients

    Condensed milk

    Evaporated milk

    High-protein flour*