Dairy Free Eating Guide

Dairy Free

Many people experience symptoms due to problems digesting lactose, the sugar in dairy products, and therefore are prescribed a dairy free diet. The symptoms vary in quality and severity for each individual affected, but include excess mucus production (i.e. sinus congestion), abdominal bloating, flatulence, cramping, diarrhoea, eczema, and sleep disturbances in children. Other people experiences problems digesting the protein in dairy products; casein. 

The symptoms of a lactose or casein intolerance can appear at any stage in life, but true casein intolerances may appear as early as 2 or 3 years of age. For most of those that experience symptoms, complete removal of dairy from the diet resolves symptoms completely. 

A dairy free diet tends to worry people due to the belief that they cannot meet dietary requirements with out it, such as calcium. However, with correct education and correct meal planning, a dairy free diet can be nutritionally whole. Our nutritional and naturopathic practitioners are always here to help you get the most out of a dairy free diet. For more assistance, book in to see one of our friendly practitioners.

CLICK HERE to find a list of dairy-free foods which contain calcium.

It is important to learn to read labels – try to avoid anything which contains milk solids, skim milk, milk proteins, caseinate, whey, non-fat milk solids, casein, lactose.