Is There Lactose in Powdered Milk?

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Is There Lactose in Powdered Milk?
Milk contains lactose. (Image by, courtesy of hobvias sudoneighm)

Powdered milk contains lactose, or milk sugar. For people with lactose intolerance, there are some lactose-free fresh milk products and lactose-free, non-dairy powdered milk products.


Lactose is a sugar found in milk. Bacteria feed on lactose and produce lactic acid, which turns milk sour.

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose. The ability to digest lactose as an adult is actually the result of a genetic mutation generally found in people of European ancestry.


Dry, powdered milk has the same amount of lactose as fresh milk.

Fresh Substitutes

Lactose-free milk and non-dairy substitutes such as soy, rice, almond and hemp milk can be used as substitutes for people with lactose intolerance.

Powdered Substitutes

Depending on the application, lactose-free substitutes for powdered milk include non-dairy coffee creamer, powdered soy milk and powdered rice milk.

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