Is Yogurt Dairy?

Yogurt is found in the dairy section at the supermarket, but is it actually dairy? Is yogurt safe for lactose-intolerant people?

Yogurt is found in the dairy section at the supermarket, but is it actually dairy? Is yogurt safe for lactose-intolerant people?

The Short Answer

Yes, yogurt is a dairy product because it contains milk.

The Long Answer

The dictionary defines dairy as “containing or made from milk.” By this definition, all forms of yogurt are dairy products. This includes full-fat, low-fat, reduced-fat, whole milk, Greek, and frozen yogurts. So, if your lactose-intolerant do you need to avoid all forms of yogurt or suffer the gastrointestinal consequences? Not necessarily.

Lactose Intolerance occurs in individuals whose bodies do not produce enough of an enzyme called lactase. This is responsible for breaking down lactose, the sugar found in milk. When a sufficient amount of lactase is not present, lactose molecules wind up in the colon where bacteria eats them and produces gas and diarrhea.

Some types of yogurt are actually acceptable for lactose intolerant individuals. Varieties of yogurt which include probiotics or live active cultures contain bacteria which feeds on sugar and lactose, lessening the amount your body has to break down. Greek yogurt is especially good for this. But if you really don’t enjoy Greek yogurt, try the full fat variety, as it has far less lactose per serving than nonfat.

Greek yogurt can be used in both sweet and savory recipes, so we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! Try this Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing on your favorite salad or make some lighter Alfredo Sauce. For dessert, why not try Strawberry Basil Frozen Yogurt or Skinny Classic Cheesecake? Yum!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing with Greek Yogurt

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Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.