Over 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant and many more choose dairy-free for a variety of reasons. Whether you are completely dairy intolerant, follow a diet that is dairy-free or even vegan, Good Earth has many lactose-free or dairy-free options for you!
Lactose intolerant vs. dairy-free
Lactose is the sugar in milk that the human body breaks down with an enzyme called lactase. Dairy proteins such as whey and casein are broken down by protease, a protein-digesting enzyme. Usually, lactose-intolerant people lack lactase and can still digest milk proteins just fine. Dairy intolerant people may lack lactase and/ or be allergic to milk proteins. Lactose-free products may contain casein or whey. Truly dairy-free products are void of any dairy component including lactose, whey, casein, etc.
If you are trying to go completely dairy-free, try these tips while shopping:
1) Check the back of vegetarian cheese labels for casein. Casein is lactose-free, but not dairy-free.
2) Look for easy to make cheese alternatives at home in vegan or raw recipe books
Dairy-free plant proteins
-Pea Protein and any other kind of plant, such as cranberries, nuts, or even coconut, etc.
-Sprouted Grain proteins that come from Brown Rice, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, any type of bean, lentil, or seed.
-Bone Broth Protein (it has collagen, which is important).
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