Is Vegan Food Lactose-Free?
In the UK, two in every 10 people have lactose intolerance, and may change their diet accordingly. So is vegan food lactose-free and safe for those who are intolerant?
What is lactose?
Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in the milk of cows, goats and sheep and therefore dairy products made using them. If someone is lactose intolerant, it means their digestive system is unable to break down lactose and they experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms as a result.
Is vegan food lactose free?
Yes, it is — lactose is specifically found in the milk of mammals, and as a vegan diet is completely plant based, vegan food is naturally lactose-free. Vegan dairy products are derived from plant milks, which does not contain lactose so are absolutely suitable for those who avoid lactose.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.