Dairy products are the food that is made from or contains milk of mammals.
They include yogurt, cheese, butter and other foods such as ice cream which also contain dairy product ingredients like whole fat cow’s milk or heavy cream.
Dairy products are considered to be good for health but if one is not lactose intolerant, dairy products are not an option.
Lactose intolerance is not the only reason people substitute dairy, another one is Veganism.
Substitution due to Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, which causes various symptoms. One of these side effects can be bloating and diarrhea.
Those who do not produce enough enzyme will suffer from this disorder until they discover other substitutes for dairy products such as soy or almond milk that are less likely to cause discomfort in their digestive tract.
If you are lactose intolerant, you have to use non-dairy substitutes of dairy products.
Substitution Due to Veganism
Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes the use of animal products, such as meat or eggs.
The most common reasons for becoming vegan are ethical and health concerns over factory farming practices involving animals.
Vegans also cite environmental factors in their choice to exclude animal-derived foods from their diet, because raising livestock traditionally requires more land and water than producing plant-based foodstuffs which have been shown by some studies to be healthier when consumed on an equal caloric basis; however, these claims are contested.