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Whether you are lactose intolerant, have an allergy to lactose and casein or are looking to remove dairy from your lifestyle due to inflammation, it’s a good start to know what products contain traces of dairy and what the difference is between dairy-free and lactose-free. Casein is the protein found in milk and cheese; lactose is the sugar found in milk. Many people are allergic to casein, which can be determined through blood work.

Here is a List of What To Eat and What To Avoid When Following a Dairy-Free Lifestyle

Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Hemp Milk
  • Flax Milk
  • Oat Milk

Non-Dairy Ice Cream Alternatives

(Brand names are listed below)

  • Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  • Almond Milk Ice Cream
  • Rice Milk Ice Cream

Non-Dairy Yogurt

  • So Delicious Coconut Greek Yogurt


Mayonnaise Alternative

Cheese Alternative

  • Nutritional Yeast (Use in place of cheese in recipes; good for vegetarians or vegans because this yeast has high levels of B Vitamins, which are only found in animal products)


  • Barlean’s Organic Coconut Oil (Use in place of butter or oil for a slightly sweet, tropical flavor)


  • Use separate knives, cutting boards and serving utensils for dairy-free foods such as butter and cream cheese
  • Use separate appliances such as food processors and blenders where cross contamination may be present
  • Store dairy-free foods in clearly market, sealed containers to differentiate from foods that contain dairy

Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Brands My Clients Enjoy

  • Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • La Tortilla Factory Tortillas
  • Thai Kitchen/Simply Asia Products
  • Navitas Naturals Hemp Seeds
  • Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs
  • Barlean’s Chia Seeds
  • Barlean’s Flax Seeds
  • Living Harvest Hemp Milk
  • Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Mill

It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.


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  1. Go veggie products do contain casein, my sister can’t have dairy and used them for years but still always felt sick afterwards till she double checked the ingredients and was shocked it actually did contain it.

    1. O my gosh! This page was written like 5 years ago. Half those brands were old and no longer around. I just updated it. Thank you! oxx