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Food Additives Every Dairy Allergy Sufferer Needs to Avoid

Most individuals who discover they are allergic to dairy try to eliminate it from their diet. They cautiously read the label on every food item, scanning for any form of dairy; milk, lactose, yogurt, cheese, whey. Yet, some apparently dairy-free foods still make them feel awful. Or worse, their health never improved after eliminating dairy and they don’t know why.

If you suffer from dairy allergy or dairy intolerance you should beware of the following list of food additives. Each of these additives can be made from dairy and could make you sick. Print this list out and keep it in your wallet or purse so that you can check food labels for these hidden sources of dairy.

Food Additives That May Contain Dairy:


Calcium caseinate

Calcium lactate

Calcium stearoyl lactylate



Lactic Acid

Potassium lactate

Sodium stearoyl fumarate


If you have successfully eliminated dairy and dairy derivatives, such as the above food additives, from your diet then you have also significantly decreased the amount of calcium in your diet. Make sure you get adequate calcium by including the following foods in your dairy-free diet:

Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Filberts (also called Hazel nuts)

Asparagus, Cabbage, Broccoli

Blackstrap Molasses

Figs, Prunes

Kale, Collard, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Dandelion Greens

Fennel seeds, Fenugreek, Chamomile

Enriched alternative milks such as Rice milk, Soy milk or Almond milk

Sardines, Seafood, Salmon (with the bones)

Oats, Soybeans, Tofu

Reference:Farlow, C. Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide to What’s Safe and What’s Not. 1993.

Nicole Evans is an alternative medicine researcher/developer turned medical student. She also enjoys working with King Bio, a homeopathic company dedicated to empowering people to safely and naturally improve their health. For cutting edge water-based homeopathics visit