Vegan Cheese – All You Need To Know

All you need to know about vegan cheese

One of the many questions vegans get asked is, “what about the dairy; the milk, the cheese, the butter, the eggs?”. For a while now there have been many vegan cheese alternatives to traditional cow’s milk in the form of soy, almond, cashew and other milks. But getting something to replace cheese in both consistency and flavour has proven difficult.

However, this is quickly changing! Vegan cheese brands are popping up everywhere. Not just powdery parmesan, but full-flavoured, well-textured cheese which is able to fool any dairy eater.

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Why has this taken so long?

Mainly because of stigma and branding, for so long cheese alternatives were bland, poorly textured and unenjoyable to eat. Slowly though, big names such as Zizzi’s and Pizza Express have started including vegan options on their menus. Using the best in cows milk cheese alternatives. This has allowed the price and range of these products to become more available to the average person. This has spurred on further growth in the market. Plus with so many influential people, including Oprah Winfrey and celebrity chefs such as Tal Ronnen, promoting the benefits of vegan cheese, it’s a wonder it has taken so long for vegan cheese to really take off.

What options are there for vegan cheeses?

At this point in 2019, the options are seemingly endless. But it depends on the type of cheese that you’re looking for. Parmesans, for example, are generally made of a coconut base, Ricotta from a tofu base, bries and other soft cheeses from a cashew or other nut base, and many more novel and interesting mixes to create the range of flavours available in traditional cheeses. One of the most promising and fastest growing methods of producing Vegan cheese is using cashews. In particular, many Asian countries, such as Vietnam where lactose intolerance is common and cashews are grown and exported in abundance, have seen a boom in the market for this type of cheese.

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Cashew cheese: but how do they do it?

One of the great things about cashew cheese is that the process is much the same as for traditional cheese. The cashews are mixed with coconut oil and a range of other ingredients and enzymes, then fermented and cultured to give the great taste and texture that cheese lovers are used to. If you like,
you can make what some have described as “cashew humus” and eat it right away without waiting for the fermentation to occur.

What are the best vegan cheese brands out there?

As with dairy-based cheeses, this can be a matter of opinion. But nowadays there are tons to choose from. The Huffington Post did a great article on taste testing different cheese options out there. Their conclusion is that all the options they tried were cheesy and tasty and the best route out there is to try a few of the options you find online or in the supermarket and make up your own mind. BBC Good Food also wrote a great article where they detailed some of their favourite options in the UK. They also gave some good tips from brands such as Green Vie and Follow Your Heart.

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So there you have it: now go eat it!

Vegan cheese really is a true competitor to traditional cow’s milk cheese. The number of recipes that are including vegan cheese as an ingredient are growing by the minute. Go get some vegan parmesan to add some pop to your pasta. Or break out some vegan brie spread thickly on a French
baguette for your next picnic. If you’ve never tried it, then now you have all you need to know about vegan cheese. So get out there and give some a try!

Author: Robert Watts

5 POPULAR MYTHS ABOUT BEING A VEGAN

With the continuous rise in various lifestyle diseases, people have begun to show more concern about their health. And this has consequently paved the way for more individuals to consider the idea of living life as a vegan or vegetarian. Both vegan and vegetarianism are popular options for health-conscious individuals.

Of course, this lifestyle will need some changes in your habits and choices to achieve better well-being. But on the contrary, different people go against it for different reasons that are based on false truths in society. Before you ultimately turn your back totally away from it, here are some valuable facts you may find interesting to know.

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Myth #1: Vegan foods are boring

It is true that a vegetarian diet offers you few choices for fast food, but there are lots of recipes out there to make a wide range of vegan foods. But the main problem is that you are not making any time to explore them. Conversely, if you think about it, non-vegans are truly the ones with limited options. There aren’t that many meats to choose from after all.

Myth #2: A vegetarian diet will make you skinny

This belief is not 100% accurate. Of course, you cannot expect to lose 15 pounds just because you stop eating meat. Staying fit is dependent on both diet and lifestyle. If you truly want to lose excess weight, going vegan or vegetarian should top your list in addition to other smart living tips like workouts and reducing alcohol intake.

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Myth #3: Total abstinence from any kind of fatty foods or meat

The word on the street is that vegetarians (and vegans) do not eat meat or any fatty foods. Ask yourself; is meat the only source of protein in the world? I’m sure your answer is as good as my guess. As avoiding any animal based foods is just an option for vegans. You can try other animal-based products to go for like fish, eggs, and dairy. Vegetarianism is only one option to healthy living, and you don’t have to be so hard on yourself. However, you need to be sure of why you are doing it. If you can truly answer the question, then you are free to choose what works perfectly for you.

Myth #4: Vegetarian Foods Are Deficient In Protein

This is probably the most commonly held misconceptions about the vegetarian diet. Most people are of the opinion that a meatless diet will lead to failure in meeting the body’s protein requirements. But this is absolutely not true. Even if meat is regarded as a rich source of protein, you can find several vegan meat substitutes, these will ensure the body’s protein requirements are met. Foods like tofu, beans, soy food, nuts, dark green leafy, and spinach are very rich in protein, hence great supplements to your veggie diet.

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Myth #5: Vegetarians Are Cult Members

This is another huge misconception about vegetarianism. Contrary to some people’s opinion, a vegetarian lifestyle will definitely not turn you into some kind of a cult follower. Vegans are normal people, only that they have changed their lifestyle to what they think would personally be better for them. You will be surprised to find that some of those people you love are really enjoying the benefits of being a vegetarian.

Final thought

Vegetarianism is a choice that can offer several benefits to individuals and the environment. Therefore it is important you set the facts right, particularly when starting something new such as the idea of going vegan. This will ensure that all doubts commonly attached to it are dismissed. Being a vegetarian is an option and you can face it base on what YOU want. Just do not allow these baseless myths to hold you back.

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