Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There’s Stomach in That Cheese!

Dairy is the first thing I usually recommend that people let go of when deciding to go vegan. Once taken out of their diet, people usually report positive results very shortly after. Decreased symptoms of stomach upset, nausea, bloating, chest and nasal congestion to name a few. That being said, it’s still not an easy item to eliminate because dairy is in everything from salad dressings to vegetable crackers and many vegetarians openly admit that they’re hooked.

But did you know that most cheeses on the market today contain rennet, enzymes taken from the stomachs of animals like cows, placed in cheese to help in its production?

And as if animal stomach enzymes weren't bad enough, rennet is often genetically modified, extracted from animal cells and placed in host bacteria in order to reproduce. So what’s a vegetarian or someone looking to move towards a more natural lifestyle to do?

Some swear off of cheese as soon as they learn about rennet and decide to go vegan turning to soy cheese as an alternative, but even soy can’t be trusted. Besides the fact that many healers such as Dr. Sebi strongly advise against eating soy, soy cheeses often contain casein (milk protein) which as I've noted before, is believed by a growing number of health experts to increase the symptoms of autism in children who have the condition.

An alternative to all of the above is Daiya vegan cheese (no relation lol). Gluten-free, soy-free, vegan cheese that actually melts and tastes great! You can check it out on my Vegan Mac & Cheese post:


I always let folks know that it's not the most alkalizing product out there, but it's a great transitional tool and definitely beats out soy and dairy hands down!

Check out this link to find a store that carries it near you:

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