According to the National Institute of Health’s clearinghouse on digestive diseases, between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. Luckily, it’s easy to eat deliciously without dairy. Learn more about:
There are many available products for those on a dairy-free diet. Whether you’re lactose intolerant, have a dairy allergy, or simply prefer to follow a plant-based diet, you can find milk alternatives – such as soy, rice, coconut, almond and hemp milks – in both the dairy cooler and our grocery aisles (for shelf-stable versions) and look for cheese substitutes, non-dairy yogurts, non-dairy sour cream, coffee creamers and more in the non-dairy section of the dairy aisle. Don’t forget, you can find great dairy-free selections in the frozen section, too, from coconut- and rice-milk ice creams to cheese-free pizzas.
As always, product ingredients can change without notice, so be sure to check the label every time you purchase a product.
People follow a dairy-free diet for different reasons. Some are allergic to the dairy proteins themselves, while others lack the enzyme lactase, which digests milk sugar, called lactose. People who are lactose-intolerant may choose to eliminate or reduce products containing lactose, while those with allergies must eliminate dairy proteins altogether.
Look for both obvious and not-so obvious sources of dairy if you’re avoiding it. For instance, certain brands of tuna fish and alternative cheese products can include a dairy protein called casein. Dairy and its derivatives can be found in foods like packaged lunch meats, mayonnaise and potato chips. Dairy components can also be found in pharmaceutical drugs, vitamins, skin lotions, soaps and more! Be sure to do your research on all the products you use.
This is not an exhaustive list, but if you’re eating dairy free, avoid products with these ingredients:
Resources and Information
Talk to your doctor and learn more from these trusted resources:
In addition, read more about working non-dairy sources of calcium into your diet.