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When You Dream of Milk and Cream

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If you’ve been diagnosed with a dairy allergy, you’ve probably eliminated many favorite foods from your diet. Did you have to wave goodbye to milk, ice cream, cheese, and butter? Do you miss them?

In today’s supermarkets, health food stores, and even “big box” stores, you can find plenty of alternatives. Consumers find that tastes and textures in milk substitutes have improved and are often very acceptable alternatives. High marks have been given to almond, oat, and coconut milks. Rice and soy milks are still plentiful on the shelves and many stores carry a milk beverage made from flax. Alternative milks provide health benefits beyond digestibility. Almond milk is high in vitamin E, magnesium and potassium; all are essential nutrients. Soy milk can be a good source of protein and most milk alternatives provide over 30% of daily calcium in an 8 ounce serving.

Read the labels carefully to make sure the drink meets any other nutritional requirements you have. Then, try purchasing a small container of one alternative at a time until you find the ones you prefer. Experimenting with various tastes can be fun. If you think you have an allergy to cow’s milk, make an appointment with one of our Allergy/Immunology specialists.

Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find a physician close to you.

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