A guide to dairy alternatives

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Coconut-based butters, milks and yogurts can serve as alternatives for people who must avoid dairy. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Food allergies affect millions of people around the world. The group FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, said researchers estimate 32 million Americans have food allergies. Among those allergies, milk is a leading source of food-related irritation. People with milk or dairy allergies experience symptoms because their immune systems react as though these foods and beverages are dangerous invaders, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Symptoms of dairy allergies can include upset stomach, vomiting, bloody stools, hives and general feelings of malaise. Dairy allergies also can cause anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening reaction. As delicious as dairy products can be, people with dairy allergies have to avoid milk, cheese and yogurt,
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