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.
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)*
Milk (all forms, including products suitable for someone with lactose intolerance)
Cream (including half and half)
Cheese (including artificial)
Butter, ghee, and some margarines
Soft cheese (cream cheese, quark)
Frozen waffles, pancakes, and French toast*
Battered frozen foods (such as chicken nuggets)*
Frozen vegetables in batter or sauce*
Sausages, meatloaf, and other prepared meats*
Carmel candies and syrup*
Baked goods (biscuits, cakes, doughnuts, muffins, and pies)*
Breads and rolls*