Consumers who have tried a dairy substitute and are concerned about its potential to reduce their allergies may be advised to avoid the dairy product.
A survey of more than 1,000 Australians revealed that about one in five people who tried dairy products for the first time are concerned they will become allergic to dairy or the ingredients in it.
Dr Jennifer Naughton, a clinical allergist at University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health, told news.com.au that the dairy substitutes used in Australia were commonly referred to as ‘milk alternatives’ and “alternatives to dairy”.
“What is interesting is that they’re actually often considered ‘milks’, and not ‘dairy alternatives’ or ‘alternatives’ to dairy,” Dr Naughson said.
“So the question is, is the product actually dairy-free? “
And if so, how safe is it to use it?””
So the question is, is the product actually dairy-free?
And if so, how safe is it to use it?”
Some of the reasons people might be concerned are: dairy allergies are more common than they are for people who are lactose intolerant, for example, which can lead to milk allergy symptoms.
“If someone is lactose-intolerant, they can become allergic and it’s a bit like eating a peanut butter sandwich or a chocolate chip cookie, they get a reaction to milk,” Dr Pomerantz said.
Dr Pomeranz said it was possible for a dairy product to be a “milk substitute” in that it would be used to replace dairy products.
In addition, dairy products may have other ingredients, including added sugars or preservatives.””
But the problem is, it’s often labelled ‘milking’ or it’s sometimes labelled ‘canned milk’ and so the problem with that is that people aren’t aware that it is actually dairy.”
In addition, dairy products may have other ingredients, including added sugars or preservatives.
“You might see ingredients like calcium or zinc or magnesium in the milk, so that can actually cause some of these dairy-related reactions,” Dr Prasad said.
“So if you are concerned that your milk has calcium or magnesium and if you use a dairy alternative, you might need to add it yourself.”
Dr Prasam said people who used dairy alternatives to treat dairy allergies had to take into account how much of the milk they used would be made up of dairy ingredients.
“They can’t use it to replace all their dairy, so if they’ve got an allergy, then they’ll have to make sure that they don’t use a lot of the dairy ingredients and if they do use them, then there will be an allergic reaction,” Dr Brash said.
In the US, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a variety of milk substitutes reduced symptoms in adults allergic to milk, including rashes, wheezing, and wheezes.
Dr Brash is one of a number of allergy experts to have spoken out about the potential dangers of dairy substitutes, calling them a “misleading” marketing campaign.
“I’m not saying it’s harmless or that it’s not harmful,” Dr Kato said.
“I think it’s really important that people look at it and try different things and that they actually take the time to do it and really make sure they’re really trying to minimise the potential side effects.”
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