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Unmasking Hidden Allergens in Restaurants: Dairy

While many restaurants are becoming increasingly accommodating to dietary restrictions, hidden dairy allergens in restaurant foods remain a significant concern. I plan to review hidden allergens in restaurants through a series of blog posts. This post focuses on dairy allergens.

One of the most common hidden dairy allergens in restaurant foods is butter, which is used to enhance the flavor of dishes. Even though butter may not be specified on the menu, it is important to ask your server whether butter is being used in the dish you are considering.

Here are examples of dishes that may contain "hidden" dairy.

  • Sauces/Gravies (includes hollandaise and bechamel sauces)

  • Salad Dressing

  • Pasta (often butter or cheese is added)

  • Vegetables

  • Steaks

  • Soups (some soups, like tomato soup, are finished with cream)

To ensure a safe dining experience, consider asking the server or chef about removing the dairy allergen (like steaming the vegetables without any butter) or finding an alternative (using olive oil for the pasta instead of butter). Staying proactive will help you enjoy restaurant meals without compromising your health.


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