Understanding Labels – Other Names For Dairy

When I first went diary free, deciphering labels was not easy.  At all.  It took me some time to master all the other names for dairy.  Thankfully, many products now include an allergy summary (i.e. This product contains: diary, wheat, gluten).  That summary is tremendously helpful!

However, not all products provide this label-reading shortcut, or worse, they’re mislabeled.  Always, always, always read your labels.  Even if you’ve been eating a dairy free food for years, read the label again.  You never know when they may change their recipe.

To help make label decoding easier, I’ve made this image with other names for dairy ingredients, or at least the most common ones.  Consider this your little dairy cheat sheet.  Bookmark it if you like.  If you see any of these ingredients on a food label, don’t eat it.  Don’t be fooled by other forms of the word either.  

Like caseinate – sodium caseinate, potassium caseinate and zinc caseinate are all dairy.  Same for lactose and whey.  Use caution when deciphering labels.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Hidden Dairy Ingredients

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My Top 5 Dairy Allergy Symptoms

Lactose intolerance symptoms

Way back in my early days of blogging, I shared my diary allergy story, and how I came to realize I had a problem with diary.  Well, technically it would be my dairy intolerance story, but I’ve also shared why I refer to my issue as an allergy rather than an intolerance (even though it’s likely *just* an intolerance).

Either way I have issues.  With dairy that is.  If you’re reading this, chances are you have issues as well, and are trying to figure out if they’re related to dairy.

If you have any suspicions, I highly recommend going on an elimination diet.  My elimination diet helped me to figure out exactly what was going on with my body, as well as my son’s.

What prompted me to go on an elimination diet?  Unexplained symptoms for which my doctors couldn’t determine a cause.  What were my main symptoms?  I’m glad you asked!

My Top 5 Dairy Allergy Symptoms

  1. Burning Stomach – My stomach burned almost continually.  It began as just a little burning in the morning or evening, but as time went on, it became almost constant.
  2. Nausea – I would have unexplained waves of nausea overtake me often.  I couldn’t figure out what was causing it.  I probably took a bajillion unnecessary pregnancy tests over the years.
  3. Digestive Distress – Often I would get vomiting, diarrhea or loose stool for no apparent reason.  Other times I would be up in the middle of the night with extreme diarrhea and vomiting as well as intense (unbearable, I’m going to die, take me to the emergency room now) abdominal pain.
  4. Urge to Use The Bathroom – Road trips caused me stress because I felt a continual, urgent need to use the restroom.  Sometimes I would have loose stool as mentioned above, other times it was a constant feeling of pressure, like my body wanted to evacuate everything inside.
  5. Mood Swings – This symptom surprised me the most.  It was like my body knew something was wrong, that my brain didn’t. Most times, the night before I woke up with digestive distress, I would feel angry and mean for no reason.  I could sometimes predict a digestive episode based solely on my unjustified anger.

Allergies and intolerances can manifest themselves in a myriad of ways – some by the book, others not so much. Other, though less frequent and irritating symptoms were acne, intermittent eczema, and general malaise.  

If you think you may be struggling with a food issue, I would encourage you to see an allergist and try an elimination diet.

Honey Cornbread Muffins With Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

Honey Cornbread Muffins
I am a sucker for breakfast foods at supper.
 At least once a week we have breakfast for supper. However, sometimes I get tired of pancakes and waffles.  I want something different, and these honey cornbread muffins hit the spot!  With the help of Jiffy corn muffin mix, they’re easy too.

The cinnamon honey drizzle gives them just the right amount of sweet, without swimming in sugar.  Mmmm.


Honey Cornbread Muffins With Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

Serves 2.5 dozen
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Yummy honey cornbread muffins, glazed with a sweet cinnamon honey drizzle.


For the drizzle

  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Non Dairy Milk ((I used vanilla rice milk))
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

For the muffins

  • 2 8.5 oz Boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Non Dairy Milk ((I used cashew milk))
  • 1/2 cup Honey


For the muffins
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350.
Step 2 In a large bowl, combine the Jiffy mix, eggs, flour, non dairy milk and honey.
Step 3 Stir with a whisk until all ingredients are well combined and most of the lumps are gone.
Step 4 Set the mixture aside to rest for 5 minutes.
Step 5 Grease your muffin pan or line it with muffin liners, then fill each cup 1/2 - 3/4 way full.
Step 6 Bake at 350 until the edges are golden brown. Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack.
Step 7 Allow the muffins to cool slightly, then glaze them with the cinnamon honey drizzle.
For the drizzle
Step 8 In a small bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, honey, non dairy milk and cinnamon.
Step 9 Stir until all ingredients are well blended and lumps are gone.
Step 10 Drizzle generously over the cooling muffins.