So you’re here because you want or need to limit your dairy intake, but part of you may be wondering how on earth you’re going to survive without your daily flat white. We understand that feeling, so we’re here to make the switch a little easier by showing you a world of dairy alternatives…We’ve got nut milks, rice milk and plant protein powders. We’ve even got dairy-free raw chocolate.
You’ll udderly enjoy these options which may improve your health, easily help reduce your intake of animal products or just give you that super feeling of trying something new!
Dairy includes milk (like that from cows and goats) and milk products, such as yoghurt, cheese, ice-cream and buttermilk. Foods made with milk products, like chocolates, baked goods, some sauces and some instant mixes like soups, are therefore not considered dairy free. Milk naturally contains a type of simple sugar called lactose as well as whey and casein proteins.
There are various reasons for considering a dairy free diet. If you have a lactose intolerance (not being able to digest lactose) you can usually tolerate some dairy but may choose to avoid dairy to alleviate symptoms such as bloating, cramps and nausea. If you have a milk allergy, you’ll need to eliminate dairy to avoid an allergic reaction. And if you choose to cut out all or some animal products from your diet, dairy is one category to consider.
- Lactose-free dairy milk options are not suitable for you if you are allergic to dairy, as it’s not the lactose to which you have a reaction.
- When it comes to milk alternatives, soy, coconut, almond and rice milks all have slightly different taste, consistency and nutritional profiles. We recommend trying each one to find a flavour you like; and if you’re looking for specific nutrient values or suggested uses, take a quick look at the information we’ve added for each product.
- Dairy is a super source of calcium, so if you’re ditching it be sure to keep eating other delicious sources such as green leafy veggies and sardines or look out for products that contain added calcium.