About Dairy


Hi Ruby Lynn,

Why is it that sometimes I can eat Dairy products and be okay, but other times my stomach hurts or I break out in zits or hives when I have Dairy.

What’s going on?

Sincerely, Missing Milk


Dearest Missing,

Ah-ha!  You are talking about “The Great Butter & Cream Mystery!”  Most people have not even heard about this mystery…. (Obviously, a conspiracy, right?)  Well, no worries!

Scroll down for celestial answers…

Your friend, Ruby Lynn


FACT:  Did you know that some people who cannot tolerate powdered milk or a cup of skim, low-fat or whole milk can actually enjoy butter and cream?  

QUESTION:  What?  Why is that??

ANSWER:  The amount of lactose in powdered, skim, low-fat and whole milk is HIGHER than the amount of lactose in BUTTER and CREAM!



FACT:  When it comes to Lactose Intolerance…

Low-fat is EVIL, but High-fat is BEAUTIFUL

(Oh my!  That is shocking!!  But do go on…  Tell me more – I can take it.)

So in a nutshell, if your problem with Dairy is due to LACTOSE, you might actually be able to enjoy limited amounts of Dairy, so long as the lactose is in the lower range.

Ah Hah!  So that’s the Great Butter and Cream Mystery!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  Stay tuned to this channel…

  • According to USA Today, What Percentage of People are Lactose Intolerant ? 33%
  • What percent of all African-American, Jewish, Mexican-American and Native American Adults are Lactose Intolerant? 75%
  • What percentage of adults have a decrease in lactase activity? 90%


Dearest, I thought you would never ask…

  • Butter 0.1%
  • Whipping/Heavy Cream:  Between 3% – 3.5% lactose
  • Half and Half (half cream – half milk) has about 4% lactose
  • Regular Milk contains around 5% lactose


I am so excited to tell you this…  ZERO!  That’s right!  Z-E-R-O.  

Here’s the Scoop:  Clarified Butter or “Ghee” (Ghee is the Indian Sanskrit word for Clarified Butter) if properly prepared, is both lactose and casein free!  (Isn’t that awesome??)    I love Purity Farms Ghee.  Purity Farms Ghee is both lactose and casein free  I use it to spread on bread or cook with it.  Everything tastes better sautéed in Ghee (Clarified Butter). However not all Ghee or Clarified Butter is lactose and casein free, read the labels!  You can find Purity Farms Ghee at your local Natural Food Grocery Store and some major chain grocery stores.  Usually it is in the refrigerated Dairy section.  

NOTE:  If you are truly allergic to dairy – you will need to use a vegan substitution instead of using Butter, Ghee or Clarified Butter.

Now, before you read any further, please sit down for your own safety. The information you are about to read concerning lactose, will make you weak in the knees: 

POWDERED DRY MILK:  Including non-fat, instant non-fat and buttermilk, can contain anywhere from 36% – 50% lactose.  

  • Whoa!  Are you serious!  Yes, I am. This means you MUST read ingredient labels.  Gluten-Free baked good are a notorious offender for containing Powdered Dry Milk.  Powdered Dry Milk is added to things like:  Gluten-Free pizza crusts, cakes, cookies, etc. to make the texture better.  
  • If you have both a Dairy and a Gluten intolerance – the Powdered Dry Milk in your Gluten-Free food, will be painful for you.  A serious NO-NO!  So READ THE LABELS. (You can do it!  YOU are powerful, wonderful and amazing!)

Are you ready for this?  You won’t believe this one…   


And speaking of Whey… 

WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE can contain anywhere between 10%-55%. 

  • Oh my.  I always wondered why those cans of “Power/Muscle Building” stuff made me feel terrible.  Well, I’ve said enough about lactose today.  There is always more to know and learn, but I’ll leave that up to you to investigate more on your own if you find this subject particularly fascinating…



Here’s the simple answer:  All mammals milk contains casein.  (That was easy, right?)  

What Foods Contain Casein?

This is not a complete list, (I might run out of typing room) but this will be a very helpful starting place

  • Condensed, dry, evaporated, malted, non-fat, low-fat, skim, whole, powdered, protein, solids, derivative,
  • Goats milk, sheep milk, camel milk, etc. 
  • Butter, butter fat, buttermilk
  • Cheese, cheese lactose, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, curds
  • Cream, Custard, Pudding
  • Ice Cream, Sherbet, Ice Milk
  • White and Milk Chocolate
  • Creamed Soups and Vegetables
  • Soup Bases

Is There Casein in Butter?

There are trace amounts of casein in butter.  To remove the casein entirely in butter – the butter must be clarified.

What About Whey?  Does Whey Contain Casein?  

Yes.  There could be traces of Casein in all Whey products.

How is Whey Listed on a Food Label?

  • Whey, sweet, protein concentrate, delactosed
  • Rennet Casein
  • Lactalbumin, Lactalbumin phosphate, Lactose, Lactoferrin, Lactoglobulin, Lactulose
  • Magnesium Caseinate
  • Tagatose (a sweetener derived from whey)
  • Lactic acid starter culture (may contain milk) Sodium lactylate (may contain casein)
  • Flavoring & Coloring that may contain Milk Protein:  Caramel coloring, brown sugar flavoring, bavarian cream flavoring, coconut cream flavoring, natural chocolate flavoring

Here is a list of foods that may have Casein hiding in them:

  • Dairy-Free products may contain Casein (Wow!  Shocking, isn’t it?)
  • Margarine, Whipped Toppings, Dairy Free Cheese 
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate 
  • Lunch Meats, Hot Dogs and Sausage
  • Potato Chips
  • Non-dairy Coffee Creamer
  • Chip and Dip Sauces
  • Baked Goods 
  • Cosmetics, Medicines, Artificial Flavorings
  • And even Tuna Fish (Who knew?  Sometimes tuna is packed in a broth that has whey in it.  Read the label.)

Casein-Free Alternatives

  • Coconut, Rice, Soy, Hemp, Almond or Potato Based Milks
  • Kosher Parve Creams and Creamers
  • Sorbet & Italian Ices – read ingredients to be sure
  • Coconut Butter and Casein/Lactose Free Ghee or Clarified Butter

Did you know that Kosher Parve foods are casein free?  Foods that are certified as Kosher Parve are free of dairy products.  What does “Parve or Pareve” mean? It simply means that the food contains no meat or milk (and their derivatives) according to the dietary laws of Judaism

Always check with your personal physician to help you choose the right foods for your health.  Healthy is GOOD; now get healthy and stay healthy.  (Hugs!)

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