Milk: Does NOT A Body Good

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Milk: Does NOT A Body Good

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My son has multiple food allergies, one being milk. Talking with people in general, I have noticed a lack of knowledge regarding milk allergies. I don’t blame them. I didn’t know anything about this food allergy, either. I want to shed a bit of light on this particular allergy. Milk is the reason why I looked for help regarding my son in the first place. Every time I gave him milk in the mornings, he would wheeze. I thought he was just prone to asthma, like the doctors had suggested. No. It was much more than that. I’ve also learned that some allergists do not prescribe an EpiPen (a device for injection of epinephrine in order to treat an anaphylaxis reaction) for milk allergies. This prescription is more common for peanut allergies. Anyhow, there are a few specifics I’d like to share with you about milk:

  • There are 2 major proteins in milk: casein and whey
    • You can be allergic to either protein or both
    • An allergy to whey may mean possible tolerance to baked milk products (cakes, muffins, etc), depending on how high or low the allergy levels are
    • An allergy to casein usually doesn’t allow for tolerance to baked foods as whey because it is more heat stable and its properties do not change from baking compared to the whey protein.
  • Lactose Intolerance is NOT the same as a milk allergy
    • Lactose is the sugar component in milk; lactose intolerant individuals have issues with this sugar, not the proteins
  • Butter IS made out of milk
    • This sounds like common sense, but it’s not usually the first thought to come to mind when avoiding ingredients with milk
    • Oh, and be careful with margarine or vegetable spreads. Some of these products do contain milk

If you look at the list of ingredients on a number of products, you will generally find that milk is in there. I never realized how many foods contained milk until I had to watch out for my son’s sake. When you have a food-loving toddler son like mine, you will move mountains to try to find recipes that are safe and he will enjoy. My son LOVES pancakes and I’m so happy I’ve been able to find a couple of recipes that work for us. Sometimes I have to tweak them due to other allergens, but I have two favorites that work for my household:


Recipe #1

  • Due to my gluten allergy, I use a GF flour by Bob’s Red Mill
  • Obviously, I don’t use regular milk with this recipe and substitute it with almond, rice or soy milk
  • Personally, I do add a bit of water to thin it down because the batter can be very thick

This is my “go to” recipe on a weekly basis. The moment I tell my son I’m making pancakes, he lets out a high shriek and gets so excited. His reaction is priceless!


Recipe #2

This recipe is actually found on the back of King Arthur Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix (NOT to be confused with this):

  • 1 cup King Arthur Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil (we use oil)
  • ¾ cup milk or milk alternative
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla, optional

I’ve also tried their pancake mix and enjoyed it, as well.


What are some of your “go to” pancake recipes?


Amy Velazquez
  • Ashley Soto
    Posted at 22:08h, 26 April Reply

    Yesss!! Thank you for talking about allergies. I have many allergies and I find hope in learning about how you all adjust to accommodate each family members needs. It’s tough when being invited out to dinner or being invited over someone’s house. Having to scan through their ingredient list and having to navigate menus is work all in itself. So happy you created an Awareness Corner! I appreciate it.

    • Amy
      Posted at 22:26h, 26 April Reply


      In the beginning, accommodating food allergies was like walking on egg shells. After awhile, you find your rhythm and it does get easier. I promise! You’ll probably enjoy my “Cooked Cheetos” post. It has to do with accommodating a certain meal for my son. 🙂

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