Eating To Overcome Milk Allergies
People that suffer with milk allergies sometimes just want to bang their head against the wall at of sheer frustration and disappointment. But did you know there's actually a way to overcome your milk allergies?
If you're unable to drink milk, or even dairy products at all, then you're going to have to think outside the box little bit. The first thing you need to do is understand why you have this allergy in the first place.
Most people are either lactose intolerant, or they're actually allergic to the protein that's found in cows milk. Whatever your situation is, there's a way around it.
The trick is to find the right foods that you can use to substitute for cows milk and still follow a diet that will provide you with enough calcium.
This is not always easy, but the chart below should help you out.
Foods Your Allergic To And What You Can Substitute Them With
This is a simple list of foods that people are commonly allergic to and what you can substitute them with.
Fresh milk (full cream & skim)
Soy milk, rice milk, oat milk
Powdered milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk
Desiccated coconut powder
Soft tofu (soy bean curd), available from health food shops
Yoghurt (full cream & skim)
Gelato, fruit sorbets, dairy-free ices
Cottage cheese, ricotta & unripened cheeses
Hard cheeses (cheddar, camembert, blue-vein, swiss, parmesan, processed, cream)
Cream, sour cream
Coconut cream, soft tofu, tahina (sesame seed paste)
Milk-free margarine (Sundew, Nuttelex)
Commercial or home-made foods made with milk, yoghurt or cheese
Find products labelled milk-free or use soy milk or rice milk instead
Checking Food Labels
Anyone that has allergies to milk or dairy products should pay close attention to the food labels on the products they're buying. This is especially true if you're allergic to buttermilk, cheese, yogurt, or milk.
You might not realize it, but dairy products are in a lot of the food you're eating every day. Some of these products are cheese sauce, cream soups, cakes, biscuits savory dips, custards, milk bread, milkshakes, pancakes, milk chocolate, fritters, quiche, scones, white sauces, and scrambled eggs.
Also, when you're doing your grocery shopping you should pay close attention to the ingredients labels for the following things which means that milk or one of its components is in the food you're buying: milk, skim milk, whey, nonfat milk solids, and lactose.
Are You Getting Enough Calcium?
The problem with totally eliminating dairy foods from your diet is that it can lead to a calcium deficiency. Calcium is an essential mineral that your body needs for strong teeth and bones. One of the ways to ensure you're getting enough calcium is to drink soy milk that's fortified with calcium. It's also good idea to take a calcium supplement every single day.
Before you buy any calcium supplement you should check the amount of elemental or pure calcium contained in each tablet. Children need about 700 mg of calcium every day, while adults should get about 1000 mg of calcium a day, and teenage boys require about 1600 mg of calcium.
Milk For Babies
It's not uncommon these days to see babies that are lactose intolerant. If your infant is allergic cows milk, or is lactose intolerant, then the best thing you can do is breast feed them. However, another solution is to use baby formulas that use a milk free powder substitute.
Goat's milk is used by some people as a substitute for traditional cows milk. It is considered a natural health alternative. If you have problems drinking cows milk, then you might want to give goat milk a try. However, not everyone will notice improvement because the proteins found in goat's milk share the same immune cross-reactivity as those in cow's milk.
On the other hand, substituting with goat's milk is a great alternative to cows milk. There are both very similar in nutritional value. Goat's milk has a slightly higher fat content but it will provide your body with almost the same amounts of calcium, lactose, protein, and vitamins.
If you're using goat's milk a substitute for your children, then you may need to also give them a folate supplement because goat's milk has a much lower level of full of acid and it.