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Are sherberts and sorbets lactose-free?

Dr. Gourmet, my children are lactose intolerant. I have been told by some that they can consume both Sherbet and Sorbet, and that they can only consume Sorbet by others. Could you please help me to define the difference and determine what is best for them?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Technically the definition of sherbet means that it will contain milk or cream. Sorbet would not contain dairy and should be essentially fruit, water and sugar.

Check the package of the sorbets that you purchase. Most will have only these three ingredients and not contain lactose.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet