Top 4 Reasons People Go Dairy Free

Top 4 Reasons People Go Dairy Free

1. Allergy

Cows milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies affecting children. An allergic response occurs as the immune system reacts to the proteins casein & whey found in milk, causing the body to produce antibodies. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to milk can be mild, causing hives, welts & swelling but can be as severe as anaphylaxis, although this is rare. If there is an allergic reaction to cow’s milk, this will usually mean there can be a reaction to other animal milk such as goats. With an allergy, all dairy products, milk solids and traces of dairy in any product should be avoided.

2. Intolerance

Dairy and/or lactose (the natural sugar found in milk) intolerances differ from dairy allergies; intolerances will not cause a severe reaction or anaphylaxis. Intolerances occur when a chemical reaction occurs after eating or drinking, often caused by a digestive issue. Dairy intolerances have been linked to asthma, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms can include but are not limited to headaches, nausea, bloating, diarrhoea, and mucous build-up.