Love Cheese? 5 Reasons to Switch to Vegan Cheese
Cheese, how I love thee, but how I dislike what you do to me!
Cheese is one part of going vegan that many people find challenging. There are several reasons why it is a good thing to give up. Thankfully there are some delicious alternatives that will be discussed too!
1. Lactose – Personally I do know I am lactose intolerant, but many people don’t. There bodies try to tell them in many ways with diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, and gas up to two hours after eating it. These symptoms can be mild to severe. Most of us won’t investigate it till it got severe, but if you find this is how your body reacts to anything with lactose; see if replacing it or cutting it out helps.
2. Cholesterol – For overall health it is best to keep saturated fat bearing foods at a minimum, such as meat, dairy, eggs, and some oils. Even if you don’t have a cholesterol issue its best not to start one.
3. Love for Animals – On dairy farms, cows are impregnated repeatedly and injected with drugs so they will continually produce milk when they can’t. All male calves are shipped off at a day old to be killed for veal. So if you are vegetarian to avoid cruelty to animals, unfortunately the dairy industry is holistic cruel with everyone else.
4. Casein – You may be saying WHAT? Yes, casein! This is a protein found in milk and cheese. It is a word to learn when you are wearing your label detective hat since it shows up in many processed foods. Basically, casein breaks apart in the digestion process which produces a morphine-like compound. These compounds are believed to cause a bond between mother and calf. Could be why we bond so lovingly to cheese! Casein has been linked to causing inflammation and cancer.
5. Mucus – Gross word I do admit, but not as gross as having it. From colds to allergies, mucus can not only make you a tissue addict, but miserable. Dairy is a huge mucus producer in the body. Stop helping the illness and start helping your body heal.
Think you can do this? Of course you can and here is the help … amazingly delicious and gorgeous replacements. Check out Daiya, Go Veggie, or make your own. There is a fantastic blog called Artisan Vegan Life that shows you how to find the yummy art of vegan cheese.