Top Five Vegan Cheeses

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4. Rice "Cheese"
Straight out of the package, Galaxy Foods' rice-based vegan cheese (they make a non-vegan rice cheese that contains milk-derived casein as well- vegans beware!) has a grainy, greasy texture that's only just passable as a topping for crackers. But when it's melted between slices of bread or in veggie quesadillas, it's a win. The gluten-free, soy-free product comes in three flavors: American, pepper jack and cheddar, and is either packaged in those individually plastic-wrapped slices (like Kraft processed cheese) or in sliceable bricks like the one pictured on the left.

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3. Soy "Cheese"
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet makes some very convincing soy-based dairy alternatives, and they're gluten-free for those who avoid eating wheat protein for whatever reason. They taste like cheese (in flavors like mozzarella, nacho, monterey jack and cheddar), slice like cheese, and even melt like it - man that soybean is one versatile legume, eh? Again, to achieve this level of cheesiness, vegan cheese makers do have to employ some less-than-stellar ingredients. In this case, the fact that non-GMO expeller-pressed canola oil is the second ingredient (next to water) is less than ideal. But when you're craving cheese without animal involvement, Vegan Gourmet's soy cheeses make a great cheese-like topping for nachos, crackers or homemade pizzas, and a great filling for sandwiches.

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brian.jennifer.jones
brian.jennifer.jones

This is useful for people who have recently discovered that dairy causes them to have migraines or other adverse effects.  Thanks!

CheeseDefender
CheeseDefender

These are not cheese, with all respect to my vegan friends. They're processed foods that co-opt the name cheese... but they're just not. And to frame cheese as unhealthy in the article while then promoting processed foods is another example of why America doesn't understand wholesome, healthy and natural foods.

 

Real, artisan cheeses are made with little to no processing, the best with healthful raw milk, nutrient dense with HEALTHY fats, proteins and great digestive aids.

 

For vegans- eat what you will, I have no problem with that, but for the author, let's not further promote out-of-date thinking about real cheese. I'm off to enjoy a healthy slice of Isle of Mull Cheddar ;-)

 

 

CLowPlus
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 @CheeseDefender Hi there, thanks for your feedback. I think I make it clear throughout that these cheese substitutes are not health food, but should be reserved for when a vegan is craving cheese but still does not want to go back to eating animal products for ethical reasons. 

CLowPlus
CLowPlus

 @CheeseDefender Also, the soy bleu and soy feta are rather decent for you... as I state at the bottom of the article, you can make your own healthier cheese alternatives from nuts if you have the drive. They can be very delicious and healthy.

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Cheese is made from milk, no matter how " artisan " it is. Dairy cows suffer more than any other animal to appease the billion people with an addiction to moldy, puss...ijs

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