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Dairy-Free Basics - Health & Nutrition, Terms, & More

If you're new to the dairy-free diet and you need a little direction, you've come to the right place! Here you'll find helpful information on milk allergies and intolerance, dairy ingredients and terminology, health and nutrition information for going dairy-free and common questions of new non-dairy dieters.
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How to Go Dairy-Free
New to the dairy-free diet? Look here for information on the dairy-free diet, including lactose free recipes, suggestions for dairy free kids, and other information for cooking and eating non-dairy.

Are Eggs Considered Dairy?
Are Eggs considered dairy products? Here you'll find information on eggs and if they are considered dairy products.

Are wine, beer and liquor dairy-free?
Are alcoholic drinks dairy-free? Some wines, beers and liquors actually contain ingredients derived from milk or use milk ingredients in the fining process, which poses a problem for those with milk allergies, lactose-intolerance or dairy-free or vegan diets.

Almond Milk Recipe
Make your own homemade almond milk with this almond milk recipe.

Basic Pie Dough
Need a dairy free recipe for pie dough? This dairy-free pie dough recipe is easy to make, flaky and delicious for non-dairy pies and tarts fit for holidays and special occassions as well as weeknight meals. Try this dairy-free pie dough recipe for your lactose-free pies!

Best Dairy-Free Cheeses
Best Dairy-Free Cheeses. There are quite a few dairy-free and vegan cheeses on the market, so how can you know which dairy-free cheeses are the best? After testing a lot of dairy-free cheeses, I've found that these five vegan cheeses are the best dairy-free cheeses around.

Best Dairy-Free Ice Creams
Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream. Looking for a dairy-free ice cream but not sure which one to buy? This list contains my favorite dairy-free and vegan ice creams on the market, from soy ice cream to rice ice cream to coconut based ice cream. All are 100% dairy-free and vegan!

Best Non-dairy Milk Alternatives
Which non-dairy milk alternatives are the best substitutes for dairy? Look here for a list of my picks for the best dairy-free milk substitutes for almond milk, soy milk and rice milk, as well as the best way to use each dairy free milk alternative.

Dairy-Free Baking Mixes
This list of dairy free baking mixes is a must-have for busy lactose-free bakers! These dairy-free baking mixes will come in handy when you need to bake a dairy free dessert NOW, and don't have the time or patience to make your own baking mix.

Dairy-Free Calcium Food Sources
Looking for dairy free calcium food sources? This list of common dairy-free foods that contain calcium will help you get what you need! This list of nondairy calcium sources is great if you're new to the dairy-free diet or have been vegan for years!

Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Desserts
When preparing desserts for large parties and children's birthdays, there is often a variety of diets and food allergies in attendence, including persons with lactose-intolerance, milk allergies, egg allergies and vegan diets, so it's good to be prepared! These dairy-free and egg-free dessert recipes are among my favorites, from cakes and...

Dairy-Free Foods and Snacks for On the Road
Dairy-Free Snacks for Road Trips. If you're on the road, finding vegan snacks and dairy-free treats to hold you over until the next meal can seem like a challenge, but there are actually a lot of dairy-free snacks that you can find almost anywhere! Whether you're dairy-free, lactose intolerant, or vegan, this list of dairy-free snacks for on the...

Dairy-Free Holiday Gift Guide

Food is a way that we share love with one another, and what better time to show someone you love them than at the holidays? If you're looking for gifts for a dairy-free or vegan friend or family member, browse through some of the ideas below.

Dairy-Free Party Recipes
Most celebrations--whether holidays, birthdays, weddings, going-away parties, or other festive get-togethers--are often centered around food. Food, after all, is a way that we celebrate with friends and family, so it's difficult for persons with allergies or intolerances to dairy, as well as those who cook for them! If you're throwing a party...

Dairy-Free Pancake Mixes
This list of dairy-free pancake mixes will help you find the best dairy free pancake mixes for your lactose-free lifestyle.

Foods with "Hidden" Dairy
Many seemingly dairy-free food products actually contain some form of dairy, whether it be in the form of casein, lactalbumin, whey or another dairy derivative. This list will help guide you through some of the less obvious food products that contain dairy.

Homemade Margarine
Homemade Margarine. Ever wanted to make your own margarine at home? This delicious dairy-free, vegan homemade margarine recipe is simple to make and a great substitute to storebought margarine or butter.

Tofutti Cream Cheese Review
Tofutti Cream Cheese. If you're dairy-free, vegan, or just looking for a way to cut out a little dairy from your day, you might be looking for a good cream cheese substitute. Tofutti is my favorite dairy-free cream cheese substitute on the market.

Top 5 Vegan Beers
Top Vegan Beers. Looking for vegan beers but want to buy the best one? This list contains my Top 5 Vegan Beers that are free of animal and dairy products and easy to find.

Vegan Cheese Substitutes
Vegan Cheese List. This list of vegan cheeses contains dairy-free cheeses that vegans and those on the dairy-free diet can buy from the store and enjoy!

Is Chocolate Dairy-Free?
Is Chocolate Dairy-Free? Well, that depends on what kind of chocolate you buy. But, not to worry, just because you're lactose-free, dairy free, or vegan, there are chocolate varieties available for your dairy-free diet.

Is cocoa butter dairy-free?
Is cocoa butter dairy free and vegan? If you have lactose-intolerance or milk allergies, and you're wondering if cocoa butter contains dairy, look here!

Is Yeast Vegan?
Can Vegans Eat Yeast? Do vegans eat yeast? If you're wondering if yeast is vegan or if vegans eat yeast, look here.

What is the Difference Between "Non-Dairy" and "Dairy-Free"?
What is the Difference Between Non-Dairy and Dairy-Free? With so many different dairy-free and lactose-free labels, it can seem difficult to figure out which products actually contain dairy and which ones don't. So is non-dairy the same as dairy-free? No, and here's the explanation why.

What's the Difference between Lactose-Free and Dairy-Free?
What's the difference between lactose-free and dairy-free? If you've been wondering if there is a difference is between dairy-free and lactose-free, guess what? There is! Find out what dairy-free and lactose-free mean for you.

What is the Difference between Lactose Intolerance and a Dairy Allergy?
What is the difference between lactose intolerance and a milk or dairy allergy? The explanation is actually pretty simple, even though lactose intolerance and milk allergies are often confused with one another.

Common Dairy-Derived Ingredients in Food Products
Going dairy-free can often be difficult with all of the "hidden" dairy-derived ingredients often found in food products. So often, even "non-dairy" products contain ingredients derived from dairy-products, which makes reading ingredient lists frustrating and confusing. To help sort through the nutrition labels, use this comprehensive list of the most common dairy ingredients present in foods.

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