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The market for cheese made without animal protein is ripe, given the rise in veganism, milk allergies, and fat and calorie concerns. But scientists explain why it's so hard to make it taste and melt t...
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I've tasted either vegan cheese or soy cheese. I prefer real cheese but because I was lactose intolerant I did that , then I went back to real cheese.
Oh please! I can't have any dairy before I sing. . . but I LOVE cheese. Help!
Having two kids with milk protein allergies and loving cheese myself, I'm thankful for their efforts!
Love cheese too much and will stay away from any American cheese those cause me allergies
I have a hard time understanding the position that dairy is unethical. If you keep cows humanely, what's the beef?

Pun intended.
Drinking milk also supports the veal industry. Those make calves have to somewhere and they don't lactate.
+Peter Gueckel No, I'm sorry, but that's not true. After having her first calf, a properly fed and maintained dairy cow will produce milk perpetually in varying quantities (per her natural cycles). There is no need to reimpregnate a cow for her to continue delivering milk.
Vegans would have us abolish all animal agriculture, and therefore the animals that coexist with us, and instead eat processed imitation food products that frankly look disgusting and unnatural. The arguments against animal products are almost always pointing to problems with conventional factory farmed products that mistreat and abuse animals, never mentioning that animals can be raised ethically. For instance, if you eat ethically produced cheese or meat and are on a budget, you automatically end up consuming less because it's so much more expensive. Less demand in turn means less pressure to exploit the animals, allowing them to live more natural lives.
+Sam Scoppettone I'm not vegan but eat a lot of vegan foods and none of it is the unnatural stuff you're referring to. I eat a lot of lentils, chickpeas, beans, whole grains and fresh veggies. There's a misconception about vegan and vegetarian diets, that we trade in real meat for stuff pretending to be meat, but for most, that's just not true. And you're right, farming in tune with an animal's natural way of being would be ideal. I'm a vegetarian but I know there will always be omnivores and I'm fine with that. To each their own. It's about doing the best you can.
+Sam Scoppettone that's not exactly true, though. For one, a large number of vegans think that the imitation meats suck; very few people actually eat a soy dog and think it's delicious, last I knew.
My wife is ovolacto and enjoys the soy dogs precisely because they taste nothing like meat. ;-)
+Craig Froehle to be fair, I lied. Imitation chicken nuggets are honestly better than meat chicken nuggets, as they're always gristle free, and an equally good conduit for BBQ sauce.
As a person with a pretty strong dairy intolerance (inclusing casein), I really appreciate the effort on the part of these manufacturers. I agree that Daiya comes closest, esp in texture. That said, there is no substitute good enough that I crave it like I crave cheese. Plus Daiya cheese, like the real thing, is no health food. I enjoy it occasionally, but mostly now I get my "fattening and creamy" fix from a more natural source - avocado. if only it were gooey and stretchy!!! that would be weird, though ;).
We tried some vegan almond cheese.....not so great. I could send you the rest as we're not going near it.
If you are vegan, why try to replicate non-vegan foods...that kind of defeats the purpose of the lifestyle...instead it the vegan options are filled with chemicals. yikes.
I am not vegan, but cannot eat cheese due to health reasons. I agree that everyone is better off without eating chemical substitutes. However, some people need help transitioning to veganism or a dairy free lifestyle, and cheese is scientifically proven to be one of the hardest foods to give up. Why not give them the option?
+Renee Chovanec the existing options are usually so bad they drive you back to eating cheese. Same goes with vegetarian bacon.
Cheese is tasty, which is why I'm not vegan, but here's a question: Is it "natural" for adult humans to drink the milk of other animals?
+Sarah Waters I'm pretty sure humans have been doing that since before recorded history, so what makes it "un"-natural? Some ants "milk" aphids, and surely they are considered natural.
I think its a problem that veganism seems to mean that one must add highly processed fake foods to their diet, like fake cheese and soy protein immitation meat. This is the unhealthiest thing about a vegan diet.
+Katy Kasmai-Nazeran Not all vegans do; eating the soy cheeses and fake meats is a matter of choice. Plenty of "meat-eaters" eat processed meat, likely more so than the fake stuff that vegans eat. Processed meat is high in sodium and is linked to cancer. I'm not vegan and I enjoy dairy, but I never eat the fake meat.
+Craig Froehle Some would disagree with you. I like to play Devil's Advocate, though. :)
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