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Milk only does some bodies good. Many mistake a milk allergy for lactose intolerance since many of the symptoms are similar, but a milk allergy occurs when the body's immune system reacts abnormally to milk proteins, while lactose intolerance involves digestive problems as a result of being incapable of breaking down certain enzymes. See an allergist to determine the difference. Milk allergies generally afflict infants, who often grow out of it. However, to those who’ve carried this allergy into adulthood: Beware many processed foods, because milk's high protein content and properties make it an "ideal" ingredient.

Substitute: There are a few options to consider when choosing a milk alternative, and it’s best to follow an allergist’s advice to determine which route is best for you. Some people's allergies may be limited to cow's milk, and drinking other animal milk may suffice. One familiar alternative is soy milk, but since allergies to soy are common as well, proceed with caution. A creamy, nondairy substitution may be coconut milk, but some steer clear because of its overpowering taste.

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