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LACTAID (Finally!) Launching Lactose-Free Yogurts Nationwide

Submitted by on November 14, 2011 – 8:49 am3 Comments
 

It’s about time!

I’m not sure what took them so long, but Lactaid® has finally launched a lactose-free, fat-free dairy yogurt.  The yogurts are sold in individual 6oz containers or 4oz multipacks, and come in Vanilla, Blueberry, Strawberry and Peach.  I called the company and confirmed that they are gluten-free as well; the modified food starch listed on the label derives from corn, not wheat.

I am very pleased to see a nationally-distributed lactose-free yogurt made from real milk, as I suspect many of you may still be having a hard time finding the other, smaller brands who offer such a  product, namely Green Valley Organics (my fave, and who incidentally just launched a lactose-free Sour Cream) and Yami yogurt.  This is sure to be a convenient and welcome addition to mainstream supermarkets across the country–and those of you intestinally-challenged yogurt-seekers who shop at them!

At the risk of raining on our lactose-free parade, however, I can’t give the Lactaid products an unequivocal endorsement; nutritionally, I’d grade them a B-.  Here’s where they lost points:

  • Too much added sugar! The second ingredient, after milk, is sugar; and even the Vanilla variety has 21g per 6oz serving.  The fruit flavors have between 22-23g of sugar.  I estimate that less than 11g of this total sugar would be naturally-occuring from the milk itself, which means the additional 3 teaspoons are added.
  • So far, no “plain” variety for those looking to avoid added sugar in their diets.
  • Long ingredient list, including several food additives for texture, presumably, and potassium sorbate as a preservative.  Nothing I’d classify as harmful per se, but I’m not sure why you need to put so much processed “stuff” in a food like yogurt.
  • Not made from organic milk

If you’re still in the market for some other lactose-free and lower-lactose yogurt options, check out my previous posts on:

 

 

 

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3 Comments »

  • Jon says:

    Hi Tamara
    Why is it so hard to get good yogurt on the East Coast? Every Summer when we visit, Lisa and I try to find something as good as the local Northern California brands that we take for granted. Every year we fail. Too many ingredients, weird gelatinous textures, funky after tastes and not even organic. It’s a conspiracy!

    This is our favourite flavour of our favourite brand: http://cloverstornetta.com/products/organic-dairy/low-fat-yogurt/peach-yogurt/. Still high in sugar, but since the fruit is on the bottom, you can always forgo mixing it all in.

  • Tamara says:

    Oh, Jon… you NoCal foodies are so spoiled with amazing local fruit, veggies and dairy… it’s no wonder our offerings suffer in comparison. Having said that, you are probably very likely to find great local yogurts in some East Coast spots where they actually have cows… like Vermont, for example. If you tolerate lactose well, here in New York your best options include:

    (1) Ronnybrook Farms yogurt (from Hudson Valley in Upstate NY)… you can find them in gourmet delis and markets (like Dean and Deluca), Whole Foods and their milk bar in Chelsea Market.
    (2) Maple Hill Creamery’s Cream-on-Top yogurt. The Maple flavor is reportedly addicitve, though I confess I haven’t tried it…I just buy the plain flavor for my kids whenever I come across it. Its organic and from grass-fed cows. Zabar’s, Murray’s Cheese, Fairway and Whole Foods carry it.
    (3) Liberte yogurt from Canada is very luxuriously creamy… its made with whole milk PLUS added cream! Its really more like a dessert than a yogurt… my brother in law is addicted to it so it’s often around in the family beachhouse during the summer, which is how I tried it. I’ve seen it widely in NYC delis/bodegas and supermarkets.

  • Nancy says:

    Yoplait has a lactose-free yogurt, but I eat a soy yogurt cause the yoplait yogurt was too sweet. I still havent seen lactaid yogurt….

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