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Can I eat non-dairy foods if I have a milk allergy?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

If you have a milk allergy, you still have to be careful with "non-dairy" foods. These foods often contain ingredients that have milk protein in them. 

Check ingredient statements and steer clear of foods that list terms like whey, casein, calcium casein, casein hydrolysate, magenesium casein, potassium casein, rennet casein, sodium casein, butter, butter flavoring, lactalbumin, lactoalbumin,  lactaglobulin, lactose and margarine.

"Non-dairy" foods may still contain milk proteins, so if you have a milk allergy, take time to read labels. Many packaged meals, vegetables, gravies, sauces, soups and salad mixes contain milk. Avoid foods that contain milk, milk products, milk casein or caseinates. Use milk-free margarine when cooking, and soy formula, water or juice as substitutes for liquids in baking.

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