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What is Dairy?

So, when we are avoiding dairy products, it means anything that is made using any product of milk is off the list. The initial realization of what this includes may seem overwhelming, but do not dismay, your life is not over! There are so many substitutes that make life ok again.

Dairy products include:
milk (including powdered milk)
cheese (including cottage cheese and cream cheese)
sour cream
whipped cream
butter (including many margarines)

Dairy products do NOT include:
marshmallows or marshmallow cream
peanut butter
cream corn

If you haven't already, become very aware and accustomed to looking at ingredients in all foods before assuming they are dairy-free. Especially check crackers, croutons, chips, cereals, soups (dry and prepared), breads, pancake mixes, frozen meals, sauces, pre-seasoned meats, dressing, cake/brownie mixes, etc.
Look for words like "whey" or "casein" in the ingredients along with those more obvious. Once you get used to the idea of checking the ingredients, dairy-free meals will become much less discouraging.


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