Having milk allergy is not a disease, but just a trait that can be dealt easily with few precautionary steps. The abnormal response that the human immune system shows up to may be one or more milk constituents (specifically alpha S1-casein, the protein found in cow’s milk) is known as milk allergy and this allergic reaction can lead to a fatal condition called anaphylaxis if not brought under control immediately. The first option what people choose while having milk allergy is to avoid dairy products altogether.
However, it is sometimes difficult to recognize products that might contain milk and further more you need calcium and vitamin D to promote bone growth and avoiding milk all together can lead to various healthy issues. Here are few ways that will tell you how to deal with milk allergy and lead a completely normal life like others –
Recognize the Dairy Products
It is always better to avoid dairy products if you are suffering from milk allergy as you never know what might trigger your immunity. Apart from milk, also make sure to stay away from cheese, shakes, smoothies, yoghurt, ghee, margarine, chocolate, nougat etc. In case of milk, avoid it in all forms like whole, dry, evaporated, low fat, protein, solids, condensed, skim, non fat, malted and even solids.
Be careful while buying food items
It is always not possible to gauge if the product you are buying is a dairy one, thus make sure you check the label for ingredients every time. Often some labels say that the item is non dairy, which means that it is devoid of cream, butter and milk; but other dairy products can be present. Look out for these terms and avoid them –
- Ice cream (cream), sour cream
- Butter fat, butter milk, or butter
- Pudding or custard
- Casein and related components of it
- Artificial butter flavor
- Lactalbumin, Lactoglobulin
- Rennet casein
- Whey and its related components
- Flavorings of brown sugar, chocolate and caramel
- High protein flour
Consume Dairy Alternatives
There are many dairy alternatives in the market that can be consumed without the fear of getting milk allergy. As a substitute of milk, you can opt for soy, rice, oat, nut milks, and quinoa. For spreads, you have a list of options like soy margarine, dairy free veggie margarine, and many more dessert options are also there like soy based yogurts, hemp ice creams, etc.
If you don’t get these items in your supermarkets, try to check online. Calcium substitutes are leafy green vegetables, fish, orange juice, tofu, legumes and dried figs.
Have Small Meals
It is seen that people having mild milk allergy can go for dairy products in restricted amounts but in combination with other foods so that the effects are countered. Even doctors say that if dairy products are consumed little by little throughout the day then the system gets the chance to digest the lactose in intervals and allergy risks can be alleviated.
Especially for teenagers, calcium and vitamin D is essential and cutting them off completely due to milk allergy can invite a host of bone related problems. Instead, pop up calcium supplements, Lactaid pills etc to get the needed nutrition. However, consult your doctor for dosage prior taking them.
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