Remember the following things if you’re trying to avoid lactose and/or dairy proteins:
- Deli slicers often cut both cheese and meat.
- Some brands of tuna contain casein.
- Some processed meats contain casein.
- “Nondairy” products sometimes contain dairy ingredients.
- Some over-the-counter medications use milk sugar (lactose) as filler.
Peanuts are common in the U.S. They may be featured in baked goods, ice cream, cereals and breads. They may also be in:
salad dressings, which may contain peanut oil
- ethnic cuisines (African, Thai, Indonesian, etc.), which often feature peanuts or “groundnuts”
- candies with nougat
Eggs or egg protein (albumin) may be in virtually anything, including:
- packaged or processed meat products
- certain vaccines (ask your doctor)
Like milk and peanuts, soy is widespread in the U.S. food chain. Here are some things to watch out for if you have a soy allergy:
- packaged baked goods
- prepared dressings
- meat substitutes
- edamame (whole young soy beans in the pod), tofu, miso, tempeh
- hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), textured vegetable protein (TVP), lecithin, monodiglyceride