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AIBU to wish dairy-free would become trendy too?

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OhSoggyBiscuit · 13/09/2015 20:06

I can only find dairy-free ice cream in a few supermarkets and it seems 80% of chilled ready meals have cream or cheese. Just for once I would like pasta that was not spag bol. Even sausage and mash always has cream in the mashed potatoes making it unsuitable.

I can't even be sure sometimes McDs don't mishear me and put cheese in my burger when I say not to. Angry That meant I had to wait another 10 minutes for them to get me a new burger minus the cheese.

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Hoppipolar · 13/09/2015 20:28

I can relate. I'm a coeliac so couldn't have some ice creams, no ready meals and no Mcdonalds lol.

AGrinWithoutACat · 13/09/2015 20:37

It would be lovely wouldn't it ....

DS is dairy free and trying to buy Easter / Xmas themed chocolates so he can be like everyone else is very hard - they all cost 3 times as much for half the amount and the packaging is aimed at preschool and not as cool as the marvel / minecraft / latest trend themes

But Swedish Glace ice cream is wonderful and comes in several different flavours from our local wholesalers retail outlet and if you search began online there is at least some choice out there now Smile

BarbarianMum · 13/09/2015 20:40

Go to vegan restaurants and cafes. Look for sorbets instead of ice cream. Having done both dairy free (ds) and gluten free (me) I'd say they are about equal in pain-in-the-arsery. Dairy free better for fast food, gluten free for restaurants.

TheExMotherInLaw · 13/09/2015 20:45

Tesco sells Swedish Glace. Also, if it's a milk intolerance, rather than a full on allergy, some of the dark chocolate in Aldi is practically milk free - I avoid all milks, and I can tolerate it fine. I do agree, tho - milk in so many things!
I know it's pricey, but I think Green and Blacks do some dairy free easter eggs, so maybe Christmas, too

Devonicity · 13/09/2015 20:45

I see gluten free cakes in lots of places now, but never dairy free. I don't u see stand why but am now used to black coffee and no dessert.

Penfold007 · 13/09/2015 20:52

Nut allergic :( it sucks

OhSoggyBiscuit · 13/09/2015 21:06

You don't realise how much lactose is used in products until you're intolerant! Even some medicine contains lactose.

Dairy free chocolate is so expensive so I often just suck it up and eat a little dairy milk and hope it won't set me off.

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chelle792 · 13/09/2015 21:10

I've been dairy free since I was about four. Sad thing is, it's easier than it used to be. Problem with eating out is that despite being reassured, you can't be 100% sure something is dairy free. I reacted after a meal in a hotel last week where the chef 'adapted' the menu for me. It's wrong

trinitybleu · 13/09/2015 21:10

Aldi chocolate is largely dairy free (including the reindeer and bunnies etc.) The cheaper / Value garlic breads are usually dairy free too.

Sunsoo · 13/09/2015 21:24

Veganism is on its way! It will be the new vegetarian soon enough!

trixymalixy · 13/09/2015 21:33

It is becoming trendy. There are so many more milk replacements available than there used to be. You can now find dairy free cheese (if you want to!) in mainstream supermarkets rather than just specialist food shops.

Those ice cream stalls you get in shopping centres do several flavours of dairy free ice cream. Tesco do dairy free cornetto type things.

I found dairy free santas in the supermarket for the first time last year.

DS (9) is severely allergic to dairy and I have noticed a vast improvement in choice since he was born.

Now if only egg free would become trendy....

Pseudo341 · 13/09/2015 21:33

YANBU. I have two kids who can't have dairy or soya, people keep thinking it's helpful to offer them gluten free stuff. I appreciate a lot of people don't really have the knowledge but you'd hope someone working in the food industry would know the difference between wheat and milk, an astonishing number of waiters don't it seems.

StrawberryLeaf · 13/09/2015 21:34

YANBU, my dd is dairy free and I was while I fed her for a long time.

I'm afraid the best way is to start cooking from scratch as much as possible.

I agree though, I've paid £5 for a smallish Easter egg every year and I feel sorry for my little girl who desperately wants a peppa/princess/Barbie one which would only cost 99p!

You are right they put milk in everything, especially M&S, I think because they are more premium they put butter in everything instead of oil.

Still at least we have Oreos!

debbietheduck · 13/09/2015 21:47

Yes I have DD who can't have dairy, eggs or nuts (the latter rules out some vegan stuff) and people are always offering us things that are gluten free ... Still it's nice of them to try!

I find the cheap bog standard versions of baked goods are often dairy free (cheap supermarket biscuits e.g. HappyShopper). You can even get dairy free puff pastry I discovered recently (JusRol if IIRC).

Sainsbury's is good for food with people with allergies, M&S the worst, IME.

trixymalixy · 13/09/2015 21:52

Strawberry, I buy DS a dairy free egg and I also buy a character egg, swap the boxes and eat the dairy egg myself. Expensive yes, but nice for DS to get an egg that looks like the other chilsren's.

bostonkremekrazy · 13/09/2015 22:04

dairy free, soya free and egg free dd here - the combo is the nightmare - but like a pp i find the cheaper the less likely to have any cheap biccies eg tesco value rich tea, or bourbons are fine. chocolate is a nightmare of course but the moo (expensive stuff) is ok - but at £2.50 a bar just for treats.

was in starbucks the other day - the girl on the counter kept offering me gluten free cakes.....i asked if they had dairy free anything - and came away with a fruit salad, and bag of fruit and nuts....dd is 2....they also have a raw fruit and nut bar.

i gave some feedback for the manager to improve the biscuit/cake selection - but the girl looked at me like this Confused and i suspect the feedback was in no was welcome.

MrsMook · 13/09/2015 22:24

DS was dairy, egg and soya free. Fortunately he has mostly grown out of it. If I keep him off most soya flour and neat milk it's within his tolerance zone. Unfortunately I seem to disagree with milk and soya now.

He lived on fish fingers and chips when we were out. Parties were impossible.

I second cheap food where palm oil is used instead of butter.

I've often had the gluten free line when the item contains several of our allergens. It's good that gluten free is becoming more known even if threads on that theme reveal a lot of confusion, but awareness of other allergens and intolerances is often worse.

At a wedding the caterers had tried really well around the allergies, but forgot to inform us that the veg was slathered in butter. By the time I realised on seeing the butter at the bottom of the bowl, it was too late. DS woke half the wedding guests up at 5am screaming with stomach cramps and spent the next week having several neck to knee poonamis a day. I've never been so glad to have a washing machine on a holiday.

LaContessaDiPlump · 13/09/2015 22:35

You don't realise how much lactose is used in products until you're intolerant! Even some medicine contains lactose.

I'm vegan and had to take antibiotics which were helpfully enclosed in a pork gelatine capsule. That was a great week.

Dairy free chocolate is so expensive so I often just suck it up and eat a little dairy milk and hope it won't set me off.

Sufficiently good dark chocolate is dairy-free and there is LOADS of it out there - Waitrose has a vast selection but Green and Blacks and Divine all do the good stuff too. Basically if the chocolate count is 70% or higher then you're in with a good chance.

Prettyinblue · 13/09/2015 22:37

If it makes you feel any better as a coeliac I am regularly offered stuff that should be okay as it 'doesn't have any milk in it'.

Or given pasta as that 'doesn't have any wheat in it', as apparently that is only found in flour.

Fatmomma99 · 13/09/2015 22:41

I get that I probably shouldn't post on this thread, but please don't take cheese away from me sobs

RomComPhooey · 13/09/2015 22:43

Commercially available sorbets often contain lactose as a bulking agent. Confused

If you are prepared to spend money, Hotel Chocolate do dark chocolate which is dairy free and they usually do things like reindeer, easter eggs and chicks (seasonal stuff) in a range of chocolates, so you get dark options which would probably satisfy young children with dairy allergy. Agree soya AND dairy free chocolate is nigh on fucking impossible.

SlowlyGoingINSAINIA · 13/09/2015 22:48

If your lactose intolerant can't you just make foods using lacto free milk/cheese/yogurt/butter? Arla even do lacto free ice-cream.

You can also make ice-cream from only frozen bananas.

SlowlyGoingINSAINIA · 13/09/2015 22:49

Asda sells lactose free milk chocolate and orange flavour chocolate and rocky road .

RomComPhooey · 13/09/2015 22:51

Some people have an allergy to the milk proteins, not the lactose. Not all dairy avoiders have the same requirements & I think that often confuses people.

SlowlyGoingINSAINIA · 13/09/2015 22:53

I'm aware of that, I thought the op said she was lactose intolerant.

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