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Q: What foods can't I eat if I'm allergic to milk?

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Vicki M, Health Guide
4/20/08 8:21pm

Hi mjb101,


According to to the AAAAI, American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, milk allergies are quickly rising as a threat for anaphylaxis. Sloane Miller, a resident expert here, has an article outlining the AAAAI's position and research from a conference she attended. You can read the article here. There is also an article here where noted Author Alice Sherwood outlines the top allergens. She also notes the difference between allergy and intolerance. You can read the interview here. Because casein and whey are the two main protein allergens in milk, you should not eat foods that have these ingredients.


There is a member here named Laurie who has extensive allergies to garlic as well as milk. She has written her experiences and research in this sharepost. You can click here to read the entire posting, but here is an excerpt regarding milk and products containing milk:


Milk Ingredients to Avoid

Ammonium/calcium/magnesium/potassium/sodium caseinate
Casein/caseinate/rennet casein
Delactosed/demineralized whey
Dry milk/milk/sour cream/sour milk solids
Hydrolyzed casein, hydrolyzed milk protein
Lactalbumin/lactalbumin phosphate


Possible sources of milk

Artificial butter, butter fat/flavour/oil, ghee, margarine
Baked goods and baking mixes e.g., breads, cakes, doughnuts
Fried foods
Brown sugar, high-protein flour
Buttermilk, cream, dips, salad dressings, sour cream, spreads
Caramel colouring/flavouring
Casein in wax, e.g., fresh fruits and vegetables
Casseroles, frozen prepared foods
Cereals, cookies, crackers
Cheese, cheese curds, cottage/soy cheese
Desserts, e.g., custard, frozen yogurt, ice cream, pudding, sherbet, yogurt
Egg/fat substitutes
Flavoured coffee, coffee whitener
Glazes, nougat
Gravy, sauces
Kefir (milk drink), kumiss (fermented milk drink), malt drink mixes
Meats, e.g., canned tuna, deli/processed meats, hot dogs, pâtés, sausages
Potatoes, e.g., instant/mashed/scalloped potatoes, seasoned french fries/potato chips
Snack foods, e.g., candy, fruit bars, granola bars
Soups, soup mixes

Non-food sources of milk

Pet food

Ingredients that do not contain milk protein

Calcium/sodium lactate
Calcium/sodium stearoyl lactylate
Cocoa butter
Cream of tartar



I hope you find this helpful. Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!


Vicki M

andysmom, Community Member
4/17/08 3:03pm

There's a lot of foods with milk in them you'd be surprised!


My son has milk allergies and there's a bunch of things he can't eat. Butter or margarine, cheese, whipped cream, custard and caramel candies are just a few.

That also means breakfast ceral, cookies, breads, and even lunchmeat, hot dogs and sausages! They might have something in them called casein, which is a fancy word for a milk protein or something.


This Web site has an article about the new food labeling laws and how manufacturers have to put the plain English word on the package to make it easier.

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By mjb101, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/22/11, First Published: 04/17/08