Not everyone can stomach traditional dairy yogurts, and there’s a reason for that: It’s called lactose intolerance. However, you don’t even have to have an intolerance to feel bloated or have a slightly upset stomach after consuming a dairy product.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, roughly 65 percent of people worldwide have a reduced ability to digest lactose post-infancy. Maybe we could all benefit from a little less lactose in our life? Enter: lactose-free yogurt.
Fortunately, a food product doesn’t have to be dairy-free in order for it to be lactose-free. See, lactose is the naturally occurring sugar in milk, and the most common way it’s removed involves adding the enzyme lactase into the product, which breaks down the sugar so that it can be digested. There are four such dairy-based products on our list that do not contain lactose, whereas the rest are plant-based and naturally lactose-free. These make a delicious healthy breakfast idea or a creamy afternoon snack that’s easy, quick, and portable.
Green Valley Creamery Lactose-Free Yogurt
Yes, this yogurt has dairy in it, and no, there isn’t a trace of lactose in this product because all of the lactose has been strained out of the milk. What’s more is that the plain yogurt variety only has 8 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup (one container), all of which are naturally occurring sugars. Green Valley Creamery’s yogurts are all USDA organic certified and certified humane raised and handled, which means that its facility follows “precise, objective standards for animal farm treatment.”
Activia Lactose-Free Probiotic Yogurt
Activia has long been known for being rich in several strains of probiotics, which are essential for promoting good gut health with “billions of live and active probiotics in every cup,” per their site. Now, you can get those gut-healthy probiotics without the lactose. Activia offers four different flavors of low-fat, lactose-free yogurts, including vanilla, strawberry, black cherry, and vanilla.
Liberté Classique Lactose-Free Yogurt
Liberté was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1936, with one small aspiration: to create an extraordinary dairy product from fresh and simple ingredients. Today, they still carry out that mission and have even crafted a lactose-free version of their yogurt product through a line called classique. Currently, the creamy yogurt is available in two different flavors: plain and vanilla.
Yoplait Lactose-Free Yogurt
This yogurt is, in fact, dairy-based, but lactose is absent from the milk used to concoct this product. Currently, French vanilla and strawberry are the only flavors offered in this line of yogurt, and while it’s tasty, it should be consumed sparingly, as there are 19 grams of sugar in just one serving.
Good Plants Dairy-Free Yogurt
Good Plants yogurt is dairy-free, which by nature means it’s also lactose-free. The base of the yogurt is made from almond milk. The best part? One 5.3-ounce cup only has 100 calories and four grams of sugar. You can enjoy one of Good Plants yogurts in four flavors: chocolate coconut, vanilla, strawberry, and lemon meringue.
These are some of the best lactose-free yogurt brands to try.