I have a confession to make. No I’m not a vegetarian or a closet smoker. However, and you might judge me for this admittance—I’m not down with cow dairy!
While small servings of goat cheese are totally fine, if someone sneaks the tiniest bit of heavy cream, milk, ice cream, butter, or cheeses from the moo-cow into my food, my body suffers a reaction that just isn’t pretty!
I have a casein allergy.
While I—like the vast majority of the population—blamed lactose for what I just assumed was a straight-forward case of food intolerance. It was actually casein, one of the milk proteins (along with whey) that caused painful inflammation of my belly and respiratory system, itchy hives, tingling lips, headache, neck and shoulder aches, fatigue, and even puffy and irritated eyes to come on suddenly.