13 Ingredients to Avoid If You’re Living Dairy-Free

A simple check for all the items in your shopping cart

You’d expect milk and ice cream to contain lactose — a type of sugar found in milk and milk products. But salad dressing and lunch meat? Sneaky!

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Here Cleveland Clinic dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, points out what words to look for on your food labels if you’re living dairy-free.  Also realize: Nondairy on a label does NOT mean the product doesn’t contain milk derivatives. For example, a nondairy food may contain casein, one of the major milk allergens.

And remember to check your medications too. About 20% of prescription medications and 6% of over-the-counter drugs contain lactose. Talk to your doctor about your options.

Avoiding Dairy (infographic)

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