Gluten-free milk is beneficial for people with gluten allergies and for those with celiac disease, in which the body mistakes gluten for poison. Gluten is a wheat by-product that can cause adverse effects in people who cannot process it.
The most obvious benefit of gluten-free milk is avoiding the uncomfortable symptoms associated with gluten allergy, as explained by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Symptoms. These symptoms include hives or skin rash, nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion and vomiting. Other possible side effects are diarrhea, stuffy/runny nose, headaches, asthma and anaphylaxis, which is less common. For people with celiac disease, the same symptoms apply, but the most devastating effect of gluten for someone with celiac disease involves the destruction of the small intestine, which is responsible for absorbing nutrients. The damaging side effects, as well as a lack of nutrient absorption, can lead to serious malnutrition.
In addition to avoiding these conditions, one can enjoy the benefits that gluten-free products have to offer. One can also try dairy-free products to explore their benefits. Hemp milk, for instance, offers plant-based protein and naturally occurring omegas, amongst other things, according to Living Harvest. It is important to read labels, because many packaged products can be full of surprises and can provoke a reaction.