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Dairy Free Or Lactose-Free

You may think products that are lactose-free and dairy-free are the same thing, I’m here to tell you that they’re actually completely different. This is important to know for those with “diet” restrictions so that they don’t accidentally eat something that their body doesn’t respond well to.

To uncover the difference between the two terms.

What does it mean when a product says it’s dairy-free?

“Dairy-free means that a product does not contain milk or ingredients derived from milk. For example, think of a plant-based yogurt or an alternative to milk such as oat milk.

Products that are dairy-free typically don’t contain as much protein as the dairy variety would because milk is naturally high in protein. Just one 8-ounce glass has roughly 8 grams of protein. For comparison, an 8-ounce glass of Silk Almond Milk only contains one gram of protein. People who are following a vegan lifestyle or who just don’t like the taste of milk opt for dairy-free products.

While there are many dairy-free alternatives available, people considering dairy-free alternatives should look at the label to make sure they are getting the nutrients they are looking for. For example, calcium and vitamin D are two extremely important nutrients often found in dairy products. Now, many dairy alternatives are also fortified with these nutrients as well to help consumers better meet their recommended daily intake levels while sticking to their dietary preferences.

What does it mean when a product says it’s lactose-free?

Lactose is the main source of naturally occurring sugar in milk and other dairy products. People who have lactose intolerance are not able to digest lactose well.

In other words, when someone says they have a lactose intolerance, this DOES NOT mean they have an allergy to milk. Products that are lactose-free still have dairy in them, but without milk’s sugar, lactose. Lactose is either removed by adding the enzyme lactase to milk or by using an ultrafiltration technique.

Some dairy products contain less lactose than others, such as yogurt, in which most of the lactose is converted into lactase by the yogurt cultures. So those who are lactose-free but still like to reap the protein benefits from a dairy-based yogurt can indulge without having to worry about experiencing adverse reactions.

However, people who have a milk allergy SHOULD NOT consume lactose-free products at all, and they should stick to dairy-free products.

While people who experience intolerance to lactose may enjoy these products, the FDA makes it clear that this label does not protect a person who is allergic to dairy products. If someone is looking to avoid dairy, they should look for products that are specifically labeled dairy-free.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.


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