(US/pa) V For Veg: Vegans don't have to cut cheese
- "OH, MY GOD, I couldn't live without cheese!"
Ever heard those words, or maybe uttered them yourself?
I sure have. Back when I, a longtime vegetarian, decided to go vegan,
the prospect of life without cheese yawned as a desolate, ascetic slog
of eternity without such rich, gooey gustatory pleasure. What a martyr
to cross the line into that bleak, barren world!
A couple of dairy-free months later, I was already puzzling at such
grandiosity. Cheese? Really? I didn't know then how casomorphins, a
dairy component that's concentrated in cheese, act as opioids - that
is, they confer a mild but habit-forming euphoria.
I wound up expanding my palate to other food combinations, never
missing cheese, never trying to replace it or replicate its dishes.
Good thing, too, because in those days vegan cheese was more of an
earnest science-fair project than an object of desire.
Now, though, Daiya, Tofutti and other brands have brought credible
vegan cheese to the marketplace and helped drive it forward. Formerly
packing animal-based casein, Galaxy Foods now has a whole line of
vegan shredded cheeses you can get at the Acme.
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