13 Ingredients to Avoid if You’re Living Dairy-Free (Infographic)
Sour cream? Nope. Bleu cheese? Nope. If you’re avoiding dairy, we’ve compiled all of the ingredients that don’t belong in foods on your grocery list.
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 percent of prescription medications and 6 percent of over-the-counter drugs contain lactose. Talk to your doctor about your options.