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Why Cheese Could Make You Heave

Written by PETA | October 18, 2011

After reading these cheese facts, you won’t smile when someone says, “Say cheese!” In fact, the thought of cheese might make your stomach turn. Speaking of stomachs, let’s jump right into why eating cheese could make you heave:

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  • Many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomach lining. That’s right—the pre-cheese gloop must pass through a simulated calf stomach to start things off. Kinda hard to stomach, isn’t it?
  • Cheese is crawling with bacteria—some of it harmless, some of it pretty icky. For example, the same family of bacteria that makes Limburger cheese smell so bad, brevibacterium linens, is what makes your feet smell so bad.
  • Two words—spray mold. Cheesemakers spray the outside of soft, slimy cheeses like brie with mold to create a white rind. The next time someone tries to shove a brie-slathered cracker at you, you might want to say, “Hold the mold!”
  • If you have to wonder what the pus content of something is, should you really be eating it? Cheese—like all dairy products—contains pus from cows whose udders get bacterial infections when the cows are treated like milk machines by the dairy industry.
  • Cheese is loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. Most varieties derive 70 to 80 percent of their calories from fat, while cream cheese is a whopping 90 percent fat. The good news is that yummy vegan cheeses like Daiya and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese contain no cholesterol and slash the fat without sacrificing flavor.

And if all those reasons aren’t enough to make your stomach turn, just think about the cows forced to stand knee-deep in their own feces and mud on factory farms, having their babies ripped away from them within days of birth so that humans can drink the milk nature intended for them.

So, if you’re still eating cheese, what are you waiting for? Spare cows and your health by tossing that moldy piece of pus-laced stomach lining, and try some tempting vegan cheese options today.


Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • lakshmi kant says:

    NO More cheese or pizza

  • Erica says:

    I wish this information could reach every single person in America. Unfortunately it seems that only people who are interested in the welfare of animals end up finding this information. Others who don’t know a thing about how the meat and dairy gets to their plate think everything is fine and dandy and don’t think to research things like this. I may not be 100% right, but it’s sort of true :(

  • why_do_nothing says:

    isn’t soya just as bad for human health than cheese?

  • iGuapo says:

    Everything in moderation! At the end of the day cheese tastes really good! Some crackers with baby Swiss, or a salad with goat cheese! Or how about a slice of pepperoni with a sharp cheddar cheese? 1-2 ounces a day is ok. The animal treatment is wrong I agree…

  • Jaewon Lee says:


  • suehayes1122 says:

    no more cheese!! that jus grossed me out. I have been a lacto vegatarian for a year. Changing that, it starts today.

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    A round of applause for your blog article. Much obliged.

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  • Jula says:

    “Many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomach lining. That’s right—the pre-cheese gloop must pass through a simulated calf stomach to start things off. Kinda hard to stomach, isn’t it?” I use to be a huge cheese lover, but after reading the info about rennet I don’t think I’ll be touching cheese again. I had no idea! :s

  • dahlia8880 says:

    wow, that is nasty. I am vegan except for the cheese, I think Ill toss the cheese from now on

  • TropicalLady says:

    WOW! I’ve been eating much more Daiya and other vegan cheeses lately, but this does it for me – NO MORE CHEESE!! and you didn’t even have to mention all the horrible things that happen to your health by eating high-fat dairy. Thanks so much for the article!!