People who are allergic to the proteins in dairy products and some people who are highly intolerant to lactose (the sugar in dairy products) have to eat a dairy-free diet. A dairy-free diet contains no milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, whey, casein, or foods that contain any of these ingredients.
- Understand the difference between lactose intolerance and dairy protein allergy. Knowing which problem you have will help you know how strict to be with your dairy-free diet.
- Learn the scientific terms for milk or dairy products and read food labels to verify that they are dairy-free before you consume them.
Best bets: Milk substitutes like soy milk, rice milk, nut milks, and milk-free products like soy cheese and rice ice cream
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