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
- 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)*
- 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*
- 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*
- Carmel candies and syrup*
- Baked goods (biscuits, cakes, doughnuts, muffins, and pies)*
- Breads and rolls*
- Condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- High-protein flour*