What is the difference between dairy free and lactose free cheese alternatives?
When we think about some of our favorite foods, cheese is often front and center. Most of us love pizzas, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, and other cheese-packed meals. However, what happens if you are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy? Do you need to say goodbye to some of your favorite treats forever? Luckily this is not this case. With GO Veggie! Lactose free cheese alternative products, you can still enjoy the foods you crave.
GO Veggie! provides our customers with the highest quality, delicious, most natural alternative cheese products. We give our health conscious consumers smart and delicious food options including mouthwatering alternatives to dairy cheese products for people that still want the cheese flavor and texture, but not the cholesterol or saturated fat that goes with it.
Before you explore our different flavors, it is first important to understand what products best meet your needs. This is where the distinction between dairy free and lactose free cheese alternatives needs to be clear. So, what exactly is the difference?
Why a lactose free cheese alternative is so important
According to the National Institute of Health, about 30 million American adults have some level of lactose intolerance by the age of 20. Most milk and many dairy foods like cheese contain lactose, a form of sugar. The lactase enzyme produced in your small intestine breaks down the lactose. Your body should be able to digest its new form of glucose and lactose, unless you have lactose intolerance. People who have this condition don’t produce enough of the lactase enzyme, and the bacteria in the body feed off the undigested lactose. This typically results in bloating, gas pain, nausea, and/or diarrhea. This uncomfortable condition is common as we get older and start to lose our natural lactase enzyme properties, but it is not dangerous.
Which of our cheese alternatives are lactose free?
GO Veggie! offers a full range of delicious lactose free alternatives to dairy cheeses. For those who seek to maintain a lactose free diet, these alternative cheese products are cholesterol free, trans fat free, gluten free, and are rich in calcium. Look for our green packaging, for these delicious GO Veggie! varieties:
- Slices (American, Cheddar, Cheddar with Jalapenos, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Provolone, Swiss)
- Blocks (Medium Cheddar and Mozzarella)
- Shreds (Cheddar, Cheddar & Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack & Cheddar, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano & Mozzarella)
- Grated Topping (Parmesan)
It is very important to note that the lactose free cheese alternative options are not always dairy free. Lactose free cheese alternative products may contain casein, a lactose-free milk protein. If you have a dairy allergy, look to our GO Veggie! dairy free products in our purple packaging.
A dairy allergy is very different from lactose intolerance, and can be more serious. When you come in contact with a certain protein in food that you are allergic to, you can have an immune response. This response can range in severity, even resulting in anaphylaxis that can be life threatening. Rashes, hives, facial swelling (tongue, face, throat), and difficulty breathing are all symptoms of an allergic reaction that could require immediate medical attention.
When you are allergic to dairy, you need to avoid all components of milk. Our GO Veggie! dairy free products are free of soy, casein, and gluten. They are rich in calcium, cholesterol free, trans fat free, are non-GMO, and contain no hydrogenated oil. The dairy-free product line comes in these flavor packed varieties:
- Slices (American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack)
- Shreds (Mexican, Mozzarella)
- Cream Cheese Alternative (Award-winning Classic Plain and Chive & Garlic)
You don’t need to have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance to enjoy the GO Veggie! products, especially if you are looking to minimize the amount of dairy in your diet. These cheese alternative slices, grated toppings, and award winning cream cheese alternatives spread, taste, and melt just like the real thing, and offer a smart way to make improve your diet. Not only do you get that boost of calcium and protein, you can also obtain these healthy nutrients without the saturated fat and cholesterol that are found in dairy cheese products.
Where can I buy lactose free cheese alternative products?
We invite you to explore our full line of lactose free and dairy free products GO Veggie! products are sold in grocery stores across the United States which you can easily find with our online product locator. Look for our products in the produce department, and talk to your store manager if you aren’t finding the GO Veggie! product you want to try. If you are in the food service industry and want information on ordering our products, please contact our Foodservice Division at 800-441-9419 ext. 102. Finally, be sure to explore our website for lactose and dairy free recipe ideas, and special offers.
“I can’t eat that!” Harvard Women’s Health Watch; July 2012.