All hard cheeses are free of lactose, such as cheddar, Asiago, Edam and cotija. Other lactose-free cheeses include fontina, Gouda, Havarti, St. George and enchilado.
Lactose is a form of sugar that milk contains, and because these hard cheeses have very little lactose, they are suitable for lactose-intolerant people. When looking for hard cheese that is free of lactose, customers should pick ones that are dry and crumbly instead of soft. Hard cheeses often have strong, pungent flavors and aromas.
Some cheeses that contain less than 5 grams of lactose per serving include mozzarella, cream cheese and ricotta, which are sometimes suitable for people with lactose intolerance.