So I’ve talked about what I can eat because knowing what you can eat is half the battle. But I suppose if you have a newly acquired or diagnosed allergy or you just want to drop dairy from your diet you may find a list of what to avoid helpful. ..the list seems long but believe me there is more you can eat than can’t.
So what should you be looking for on labels of prepared foods? By prepared I do not just mean ready meals but something as simple as a sausage or a sandwich.
To be honest the list is extensive and I am sure to have missed some here but this will give you a good starting point if you are avoiding dairy.
You will be amazed at the foods that you think are safe but when you dig a little deeper into the ingredients list they are definitely to be avoided.
Whey Syrup Sweetener
Hydrolysed whey protein
Butter [artificial butter, artificial butter flavour, butter, butter extract, butter fat, butter flavoured oil, butter solids, dairy butter, natural butter, natural butter flavour, whipped butter]
Casein & caseinates [ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed casein, iron caseinate, zinc caseinate]
Cheese [cheese (all types), cheese flavour (artificial and natural), cheese food, cottage cheese, cream cheese, imitation cheese, vegetarian cheeses with casein]
Cream, whipped cream
Dairy product solids
Half & Half
Hydrolysates [casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate]
Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
Milk [acidophilus milk, buttermilk, buttermilk blend, buttermilk solids, cultured milk, condensed milk, dried milk, dry milk solids (DMS), evaporated milk, fat‐free milk, fully cream milk powder, goat’s milk, Lactaid® milk, lactose-free milk, low‐fat milk, malted milk, milk derivative, milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, milk solid pastes, non‐fat dry milk, non‐fat milk, non‐fat milk solids, pasteurized milk, powdered milk, sheep’s milk, skim milk, skim milk powder, sour milk, sour milk solids, sweet cream buttermilk powder, sweetened condensed milk, sweetened condensed skim milk, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk]
Milk fat, anhydrous milk fat
Rennet, rennet casein
Simplesse (fat replacer)
Sour cream, sour cream solids, imitation sour cream
Whey [acid whey, cured whey, delactosed whey, demineralised whey, hydrolyzed whey, powdered whey, reduced mineral whey, sweet dairy whey, whey, whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey powder, whey solids]
Yogurt (regular or frozen), yogurt powder
May Contain Milk:
High protein flour
Lactic acid (usually not a problem)
Lactic acid starter culture
“Non-dairy” products may contain casein
Avoid any substance beginning with “Lac” or “Lacto” as apparently the chances are that it contains milk.
The thing to remember is there are far more foods you can eat. Initially you will find that you are having to forgo the ready made stuff, but this actually means that your health in the long run will improve because you will choose the fresh, additive free stuff. After a while you will even find that you can tell what is in something by the taste or texture.
So start looking for healthy allergy free stuff and enjoy learning about what alternatives are out there.