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What ingredients should I avoid if I have a milk allergy?

Deborah Beauvais
Nutrition & Dietetics

Anyone allergic to milk should avoid the following ingredients and foods:

  • Milk: in all forms, including condensed, dry, evaporated, and powdered milk, and milk from mammals (such as goat or sheep)
  • Casein and casein hydrosylates
  • Caseinates (such as sodium caseinate)
  • Whey
  • Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose
  • Butter: including butter, butter fat, butter oil, artificial butter flavor
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese and cream cheese
  • Cream, half & half, and ice cream
  • Cottage cheese and curds
  • Custard, pudding and yogurt
  • Ghee
  • Sour cream, sour milk

Milk products are an important source of calcium and Vitamin D, so it's important that you eat other foods rich in these nutrients, such as broccoli, spinach, and soy products or supplement appropriately.

To ensure that you eat a well-balanced, healthy diet that provides adequate nutrients, talk to a registered dietitian.

Milk is one of the most common food allergies. If a food or an ingredient in a food contains milk, the label must say so. You may find different names for milk and milk-containing ingredients on labels. The following are ingredients that contain milk proteins:
  • Ammonium casein
  • Casein hydrolysate
  • Milk protein hydrolysate
  • Artificial butter flavor
  • Dairy
  • Potassium casein
  • Butter fat
  • Lactalbumin
  • Protein hydrolysate
  • Butter oil
  • Lactoalbumin phosphate
  • Rennet casein
  • Buttermilk
  • Lactaglobulin
  • Sodium casein
  • Calcium casein
  • Lactose
  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Magnesium casein
  • Whey hydrolysate
Some flavorings contain milk proteins. Check the following flavorings carefully before using them:
  • Bavarian cream
  • Coconut cream
  • Natural chocolate
  • Brown sugar
  • High protein powder
  • Simplesse
  • Caramel margarine
The letters "K" or "U" within a circle indicate Kosher products and are dairy-free. A "D" on the label means the food contains dairy products.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.