You Won’t Even Miss Cheese With These Dairy-Free Meal Delivery Services
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Finding time to cook all your meals from scratch can be tough. Layer in a dietary restriction like being dairy-free, and it can feel impossible. That’s where meal delivery services with dairy-free options come into play.
“If you are lactose intolerant, allergic to milk, or have another reason for choosing a dairy-free lifestyle, a meal service can help take out a lot of the guesswork with grocery shopping and make deciding what to eat much easier,” says Mary Ellen Phipps, RDN, founder of Milk & Honey Nutrition.
Plus, investing in a meal delivery service can be a time-saver and provide balance and variety to your diet, adds Kimberly Gomer, RD, director of nutrition at Body Beautiful Miami.
Meet the experts: Mary Ellen Phipps, RDN, is the founder of Milk & Honey Nutrition. Kimberly Gomer, RD, is the director of nutrition at Body Beautiful Miami.
Why might you eliminate dairy, anyway?
It’s estimated that anywhere from 65 to 70 percent of people in the world (and 36 percent in the US) experience lactose malabsorption (a reduced ability to digest lactose, which could cause unpleasant digestive symptoms), according to Phipps.
Some people may experiment with eliminating dairy products if they have other symptoms, like congestion, stomach pain, acne, brain fog, or fatigue, per Gomer.
And whether it sits well with you or not—if eaten in large amounts—dairy products like milk, ice cream, butter, and yogurt can contribute to significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, Gomer cautions.
That said, a dairy-free diet is not going to directly help with weight loss and it’s not inherently healthier than a diet that contains dairy, Phipps underscores.
What should you look for in a meal delivery service?
If you do live a dairy-free lifestyle and are…