Even if you have done all the work necessary to make allergens part of your diet, there may be foods you can’t eat. Some people are more sensitive to wheat, sugar and dairy. These allergens may need to be eliminated from your diet if you are one of them. There is plenty of support and information available to help you live a dairy-free, sugar free, or wheat-free life. Today, we’ll be discussing dairy-free living.
You may have a dairy allergy if you are allergic to casein in milk. To avoid an allergic reaction, all dairy products should be avoided, including butter, yogurt, ice cream and sour cream.
Some people can tolerate casein better than others, as long as they avoid dairy products in all forms. If you’re one of these people, lactose may be a problem. Lactaid products have the lactose removed, so you can avoid dairy in any form.
Casein is found in many “non-dairy” products. Casein is found in soy cheeses, almond cheeses, and rice cheeses. Look at the ingredients label to identify foods containing casein. Ingredient lists that include the following words may contain casein, calcium caseinate or ammonia caseinate. Avoid dairy products if you have severe reactions.
A second helpful label is “Parve” (or “Pareve). This Kosher label signifies that the food is free from dairy.
You can use a variety of milk substitutes in your cooking, for breakfast or as a drink. There are many different types of milk substitutes available. Before you decide on the best milk substitute, try a variety of brands. You can make most baking recipes by substituting milk for it. Many cookbooks are dairy-free, which can help you transition to a new way of eating.
You can also find soy and rice cheeses that can be used to create the smooth texture you desire. These ice cream alternatives are perfect for summer heat and come in a variety of delicious flavors.
Manufacturers are creating more dairy substitutes as dairy allergies become more common. Make sure you read the labels and to balance dairy substitutes with whole, fresh foods.
You should try new foods to find the best fit for your body, just like any other diet. Soon, you’ll be completely dairy-free and will be working towards a gluten-free diet. To help manage your weight loss, you should not only be concerned about food allergies but also keep up with your exercise routine.
It is crucial to know where you are at the moment and where you want it to go, especially when you’re trying to lose weight or follow a gluten-free diet. Diana Walker’s blog post Five Reasons to Eat a Gluten Free Diet explains what you can do today.