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Dairy-Free Tips

by: Good Earth Natural Foods

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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