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Round-up: Healthy Dairy Alternatives

September 24, 2010

Veganism is a broad philosophy and each person chooses this lifestyle for different reasons. For most, the base of their commitment lies in compassion for the millions of animals who are raised and slaughtered for food each year, including dairy cows and battery cage hens. Some people may be attracted to veganism for health benefits, but simply replacing dairy with processed vegan alternatives isn’t necessarily healthier for you. Yes, you are making a more humane choice by forgoing dairy, but highly processed foods are rarely if ever a healthy choice. So why switch out the American cheese for a vegan cheese-like product? With the exception of a few, most vegan cheeses don’t even taste good. For ideas on replacing dairy with tasty and healthy alternatives, turn to resources like the FatFree Vegan, Dr. Neal Barnard of PCRM or attend one of Joseph Nally’s vegan cooking classes. Dr. Barnard has written several books promoting a vegan lifestyle as a way to fight diseases like diabetes. In reading one of Dr. Barnard’s books, you’ll notice he doesn’t advise his reader to drop the Velveeta just to pick up the Daiya. It’s all about making healthy choices and it’s a learning process, so give it time. You’re not going to find a vegan cheese that tastes and acts just like its dairy counterpart, but you will find alternatives that are tasty and satisfying in their own right.

Dr. Cow

We Can’t Say It’s Cheese

Nally’s Mac-n-cheese recipe (the winning recipe at our Mac-n-cheese cook-off)

Earth Balance

Cashew Cream

Tofu Sour Cream

Almond Milk

Spovegan’s Cheez Ball

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2010 9:37 am

    Yeah! Great article, I have been replacing cheese on my sandwiches to avocado, so much better!


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