LACTAID (Finally!) Launching Lactose-Free Yogurts Nationwide
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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