Yogurt is made from milk. Milk naturally contains a sugar known as lactose. So you are probably asking how can there be lactose-free yogurt brands? You would assume that lactose would be in every milk-based yogurt product. Yes, while the majority of yogurt products do contain lactose, there are some exceptions.
The way to break down lactose is through the use of lactase. Lactase is an enzyme that is naturally produced in the small intestine. The lactase breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose, which are much easier to digest than lactose. People who are lactose intolerant typically lack sufficient lactase in their bodies to break down the lactose. The inability to break down lactose causes health issues such as diarrhea, upset stomach, cramps, gas, nausea, and other similar gastrointestinal problems.
Fortunately for yogurt lovers who are seeking lactose-free yogurt brands, the market does offer them. Lactose-free yogurt is made similarly to regular yogurt, however, lactase is added as an ingredient to break down the lactose. This creates a yogurt that digests easily for many people who are sensitive to lactose. Let’s take a look at some brands that offer lactose-free yogurt.
Lactose Free Yogurt Brands
Yoplait Lactose Free (USA) – cherry, peach, strawberry, and vanilla.
Green Valley Organics (USA) – peach, plain, vanilla, honey, blueberry, and strawberry.
Liberte (Canada) – plain, and vanilla.
Liddells (Australia) – strawberry, and plain.
Arla (UK) – strawberry, raspberry
Non-Dairy Yogurt Brands
You can see above that the selection of milk-based lactose-free yogurt isn’t exactly overwhelming. You would have to travel the world to find somewhat of a variety of products.
Alternatively to the above milk yogurt products, there are non-dairy yogurts that are available. These are made from ingredients like soy, almonds, and coconuts. They do not contain lactose because they do not contain milk. Below is a list of some of these products:
Stonyfield Organic, O’Soy – blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, and raspberry.
So Delicious (cultured coconut milk yogurt alternative) – unsweetened, unsweetened vanilla, blueberry, chocolate, passionate mango, plain, raspberry, strawberry, strawberry banana, vanilla cultured, Greek-style blueberry, Greek-style plain, Greek-style raspberry, Greek-style strawberry, Greek-style vanilla.
Amande (cultured almond milk) – plain, vanilla, raspberry, peach, cherry, coconut, strawberry, blueberry.
Nancy’s Organic (cultured soy yogurt) – plain unsweetened, plain, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, mango, raspberry, vanilla.
Silk (soy yogurt) – peach & mango, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, black cherry, tropical pineapple, plain, vanilla.
Daiya(Greek-style yogurt alternative) – peach, strawberry, blueberry, black cherry.
Anita’s (coconut yogurt)