diagnosed with a dairy allergy and having to avoid your favorite foods can feel
very overwhelming. It's hard to imagine meals and snacks without milk,
butter, cheese and ice cream when those foods are staples in your diet.
Getting adequate nutrients without dairy can also be a challenge. This is especially true for children because
dairy is often an important source of nutrition for them. Many favorite foods, especially snack foods, contain dairy (think cheese sticks, yogurt, pudding, flavored milk, etc).
that said, it is not impossible to get adequate
nutrition without dairy. It might just take some extra planning and effort (and maybe the help of a Registered Dietitian).
When we had to start avoiding dairy, it changed the way we ate. If
we craved one of our dairy favorites, we looked for dairy substitutes to try to make something similar.
If you just started avoiding dairy, you will be able to do the same. Like eating
with any food allergy, it just takes an open mind and some creativity.
Ingredients to Avoid:
- Artificial butter flavor,
butter oil, butter fat
- Buttermilk solids
- Casein (all forms)
- Caseinate (all forms)
- Cheese flavor
- Hydrolysates (casein, milk protein, protein, whey, whey protein)
- Lactalbumin (all forms),
lactoglobulin, lactoferrin, lactulose
- Milk solids
- Recaldent™, used in tooth-whitening chewing gums
Foods Commonly Containing Dairy:
- Beverages including
milk, buttermilk, hot chocolate, "non-dairy" creamers
- Baked goods including baking mixes and frosting
- Spreads including butter and many margarine varieties (even some
that say "non-dairy" on the label)
- Boxed dinners/foods such as macaroni and cheese, mashed
potatoes, puddings, gravies, vegetables in cream, cheese or butter sauces,
canned pasta meals
- Prepared meats including hot dogs and lunch meats
- Salad dressings often have cheese or other sources of
dairy in them
- Yogurt (including frozen)
- Frozen desserts such as ice cream, sherbet and
- Whipped topping
- Many types of chocolate (cocoa powder is dairy free)
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