While the term “lactose-intolerant” is commonly known, there has been some recent confusion with the cropping up of both dairy and milk specific allergies. What is a lactose-free diet? Can you still have dairy? How is a lactose-free diet different from a milk-free diet? To be on the safe side, a lactose-free diet should avoid all dairy foods including milk, cheese, cream and creamers, butter, and any foods containing these products. A milk allergy is tied to the protein casein and some lactose-free products can still contain casein.
What Do I Do Now?
Fortunately, for most people a lactose intolerance is not life threatening, but switching to a lactose-free diet can be a challenge. Many food manufacturers have attempted to make it easier for lactose free people by adding “Lactose-Free” labels to their products, but it’s still important to be careful when you read food labels.
Always read labels closely and if you ever have any questions about which food products are lactose free or not, you can always look up ingredients or ask your doctor.
About Enjoy LIfe Foods
Enjoy Life was founded with the intent to help everyone enjoy safe, tasty treats, which is why all of our products are lactose and dairy free! More than that, we hope to be a resource for those just beginning to learn about their new way of life.
If you have any questions about your new lactose-free diet and lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! If you suspect that you have a dairy or milk allergy, please reach out to your physician.