Is Milk Gluten-Free? –


Kurt Olsen

Is Milk Gluten-Free?

Yes, milk is gluten-free

Gluten is naturally absent in all forms of simple cow’s milk. However, certain dairy products contain gluten. Once flavorings or other additives are added to milk, it may no longer be gluten-free, therefore it’s critical to check the label to determine whether the product includes gluten. Additionally, avoid malted milk drinks since they contain gluten. The term “malt” on a food label generally denotes that it is manufactured from barley and hence contains gluten.

While milk is gluten-free, secondary lactose intolerance is frequent in newly diagnosed celiac patients owing to the loss of lactase, an enzyme that digests milk sugar along the lining of the small intestine. The damage caused by gluten in the small intestine is the primary cause of lactase deficiency in celiac disease patients. Following a rigorous gluten-free diet allows the stomach to recover, making lactose intolerance transitory in the majority of celiac disease patients.

What milk products are gluten-free?

Gluten-free dairy products

  • Milk.
  • Butter and ghee.
  • Cheese.
  • Cream.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Sour cream.
  • Yogurt.

Which milk is best for gluten intolerance?

Almond milk or other nut milk is the solution for many individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity that isn’t caused by celiac disease. And it’s a good thing, too, since as demand for these nut kinds of milk continues to rise, more options are becoming available for consumers.

Is milk or cream gluten-free?

All types of milk, including skim, regular, and heavy cream, do not contain gluten. Please take the time to thoroughly look through the ingredient and nutrition information. Check the contents list before drinking flavored milk since it may contain gluten. Do you need assistance figuring out what to look for on those labels?

Contact Us

For more information or to make comments and suggestions, please contact:
Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Phone: (573) 291-5704
E-mail: [email protected]