Food Allergy Awareness: How to read labels
No dairy?! Hidden dairy?! What in the world does Squid eat?! That poor deprived boy can’t enjoy any of the “good things” in life!
These days there are endless options to be dairy free! Almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, hemp milk (yes, that’s a thing), 7 grain milk and most of these options can be made into yogurt, ice cream, cream cheese, cheese, butter, and pudding. Very tasty options! He will NEVER be deprived of ice cream and cake!
As far as the hidden dairy goes, it all comes down to reading labels. While some pre-packaged items contain milk proteins (casein and whey), not all do. Finding safe foods for him became easy once we learned how to read labels. Some people have told me “that’s just too much work!” Well, I’ll do whatever it takes to protect my child.
Avoid foods that contain milk or any of these ingredients:
- Butter, butter fat, butter oil, butter acid, butter ester(s)
- Casein hydrolysate
- Caseinates (in all forms)
- Cottage cheese
- Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate
- Milk (in all forms, including condensed, derivative, dry, evaporated, goat’s milk and milk from other animals, lowfat, malted, milkfat, nonfat, powder, protein, skimmed, solids, whole)
- Milk protein hydrolysate
- Rennet casein
- Sour cream, sour cream solids
- Sour milk solids
- Whey (in all forms)
- Whey protein hydrolysate
Milk is sometimes found in the following:
- Artificial butter flavor
- Baked goods
- Caramel candies
- Lactic acid starter culture and other bacterial cultures
- Luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausages
- Nondairy products
Some Unexpected Sources of Milk*
- Deli meat slicers are frequently used for both meat and cheese products.
- Some brands of canned tuna fish contain casein, a milk protein.
- Many non-dairy products contain casein (a milk derivative), listed on the ingredient labels.
- Some specialty products made with milk substitutes (i.e., soy-, nut- or rice-based dairy products) are manufactured on equipment shared with milk.
- Some meats may contain casein as a binder. Check all labels carefully.
- Shellfish is sometimes dipped in milk to reduce the fishy odor. Ask questions about the risk of milk contact when purchasing shellfish.
- Many restaurants put butter on steaks after they have been grilled to add extra flavor. The butter is not visible after it melts.
- Some medications contain milk protein.