The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Does milk contain sugar?

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Yes, lactose (milk sugar); no other sugar is added to standard milks. Some sugar is added to flavoured milk.

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Yes, milk naturally contains a sugar called lactose. This is generally referred to as milk sugar. Cow’s milk typically contains 4.5 g lactose per 100 ml. No other sugar is added to fresh milk unless specified in the ingredients list, as in the case of flavoured milk.

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