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Galactosemia Food Card

The treatment for galactosemia is to restrict galactose and lactose from the diet for life.

"Ok" and "Not Ok" Foods
heart"OK Foods" prohibit"Not OK Foods"

Read Labels Carefully:

Read Labels Carefully
heartFood Ingredients
* Lactate
* Lactalbumin
* Lactic acid
* Stearoyl-2-lactylate
* Foods with "Parve" or
     "Pareve" on the label.
prohibitFood Ingredients
* Nonfat dry milk solids
* Casein
* Sodium caseinate
* Whey
* Whey solids
* Curds
* Lactose
* Galactose
heartMilk Substitutes
* Vitamite® (isolated soy protein)
* Rice Dream® (brown rice)
* Pacific Rice® (brown rice)
* Coffee Rich®
prohibitMilk Substitutes
* Lactaid® (added lactase)
* Dairy Ease® (added lactase)
* Coffee Mate® (caseinate)
* West Soy® (whole soy bean)
* Soy Dream® (whole soy bean)
* Edensoy® (whole soy bean)
* Mocha Mix® (soy protein)
heartMeats and Protein Foods
* Poultry (chicken and turkey)
* Fish
* Eggs
* Beef
* Pork
prohibitMeats and Protein Foods
* Liver
* Thymus, pancreas, brain (sweetbreads)
* Other meats with fillers
* Creamed or breaded meats
* Gelatin
* Certain fruit (ask the nutritionist)
* Fruit ices (with certain fruits)
* Angle food cake
* Fruit-flavored puddings made w/ water
* Homemade sweets using O.K. ingredients
* Unsweetened chocolate, carob powder, or cocoa powder
* Any non-chocolate candy (read the label)
* Gelatin-based candies like gumdrops, orange slices and Fun Fruits.
* Hard candies like lemon drops & Life Saver
* Sugar substitutes, saccharin and nutrasweet are allowed.
* Puddings
* Custards
* Ice cream & Ice milk
* Sherbet
* Yogurt
* Anything with milk chocolate
* Most commercial cakes, cookies, candies and puddings.Read the label.
heartBreads, Pastas, and Cereals
* Spaghetti
* Macaroni
* Noodles
* Rice

Read labels carefully
on breads, cereals and pasta mixes.
Soups and Sauces
Soups and Sauces
Many of the commercially canned soups, sauces, and gravies contain margarine. Read the label (see Food Ingredients) to ensure they are galactose or lactose free. If you prepare sauces and gravies at home, use water instead of milk.
Good and bad fats
* Pure oils
* Shortenings
* Lard
* Kosher margarines that are galactose-free
* "Diet" margarines (Read the label)
* Margarine
* Butter
* Prepared salad dressings (especially creamy ones)
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain very complex components that contain some galactose. Ask your nutritionist; she will help you decide on what is best for your child.

Some examples of foods that contain galactose or lactose are: Creamed, buttered, or breaded vegetables. Read the label

The following fruits and vegetables are still questionable. Ask your Nutritionist to Line Through any items which should be avoided in your diet.

Questionable Fruits, Vegetables, and Legumes
question marksFruit
* Apple
* Banana
* Dates
* Figs
* Grapes
* Kiwi
* Pears
* Watermelon
question marksVegetables
* Broccoli
* Brussel Sprouts
* Carrots
* Onions
* Squash
* Tomatoes
* Sweet potatoes
question marksLegumes (bean foods)
* Peas
* Lima beans
* String beans
* Dried peas
* Pinto & kidney beans
Last updated March 8, 2021