- What do you think is the difference between a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet?
- What foods do you believe are healthy?
- delectable /dih-LEK-tuh-buhl/
- peculiar /pi-KYOOL-yer/
- dairy /DAIR-ee/
- truffle /TRUHF-uhl/
- saturated fat /SACH-uh-rey-tid fat/
[adjective] – looking or tasting extremely good, and giving great pleasure
I can already smell the delectable scent of my mother’s freshly baked bread.
[adjective] – unusual and strange
This wine has a peculiar taste.
[noun] – foods that are made from milk, such as cream, butter, and cheese
Sorry, but I can’t have ice cream. I have allergic reactions to dairy.
[noun] – a small, round, very soft chocolate
Where did you buy these truffles? They taste great!
[noun] – a type of fat found in meat, eggs, milk, cheese, etc. that is thought to be bad for your health
Saturated fat raises harmful cholesterol levels.
Cheese has a peculiar structure that allows it to stay solid at room temperature but melts at higher temperatures. Animal cheese also has the ability that is difficult to copy with plant-based ingredients: It stretches as it melts. Fortunately, vegan cheese makers agree that dairy-free alternatives have improved in the last decade largely due to one ingredient: cashew nuts. Cashews can be mashed into a paste and fermented before combining with other components to create a range of flavors, including truffle and chili. The industry’s dependence on cashew nuts, on the other hand, presents ethical issues. Cashews aren’t the only important factor in vegan cheeses. Many businesses use coconut oil, which contains about 82 percent saturated fat. However, vegan cheesemakers argue that health isn’t the reason consumers eat cheese or vegan substitutes. “That’s not the intention of vegan cheese,” says Chantelle Adkins, director of business development at the Vegan Society. “The intention is to give a component to a dish. It’s a misconception that vegans are healthy all the time.”
Vegan cheesemakers must choose between reproducing the taste of the cheese or recreating its texture. Although vegan cheese still has a long way to go, there’s no denying that our options have improved.
- What kind of structure does cheese have?
- What ability does animal cheese have that is difficult to copy using plant-based ingredients?
- What is the secret ingredient of vegan cheese?
- What do many vegan cheesemakers use aside from the secret ingredient?
- How much percentage does coconut oil contain?
- Do you have a favorite cheese? Please share something about it.
- What type of cheese originated in your country? Please tell me more about it.
- Would you like to try vegan cheese? Why or why not?
- Do you think it is better to use lard instead of coconut oil in making vegan cheese?
- Chantelle Adkins mentioned that health reasons are not the intention of vegan cheese. Do you think vegan foods are healthy? Please share your thoughts.