Could You Have A Casein Allergy? A Look Into the CF/DF Diet

WHAT IS CASEIN?

A casein-free diet has been found to be beneficial for a number of people for a variety of reasons.

Casein is a protein found in mammal milk. It is commonly found in cow (and other bovine) milk, and human breast milk. You may have a casein allergy or sensitivity if you have swollen lips, develop hives, or other symptoms.

A gluten-free and casein-free (GF/CF) diet has provided positive results for many people diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, atypical autism and pervasive developmental disorder.

Currently, there are no double-blind studies proving the efficacy of the GF/CF diet in autistic spectrum disorders. Several open studies conducted in Europe and the United States do provide strong positive data. There is also voluminous anecdotal evidence on the efficacy of the dietary approach.

When removing dairy from the diet, it is vital that adequate calcium and vitamin D be added in the form of fortified milk substitutes or acceptable vitamin and mineral supplements. Guidance from a qualified physician or nutritionist is strongly advised.

FOODS THAT HAVE CASEIN

Milk/Cream/Half & Half

Yogurt

Sour cream

Cheese

Butter

Sherbet

Milk/white chocolate

Ice cream/ice milk

Creamed soups and veggies

Soup bases

Puddings

Custard

Whey

 

FOODS THAT MAY HAVE CASEIN

Margarine

Tuna fish

Dairy-free cheese (most brands)

Cosmetics and medicines

Lactic acid

Artificial flavorings

Semi-sweet chocolate

Hot dogs

Lunch meat

Sausage

Ghee

*Dairy free may contain casein Many non-dairy foods contain casein proteins. Avoid foods that contain any ingredient with casein or caseinate.

 

CASEIN-FREE ALTERNATIVES

Rice, Soy or Potato-Based Milks

Pareve Creams and Creamers

Sorbet

Italian ices

Soy ice cream (NOT ALL)

Ghee (if guaranteed CF)

Coconut butter

Coconut milk

*Kosher pareve foods are casein free. Foods certified as kosher non-dairy or pareve are free of dairy proteins.