What’s a Big Blob o’ Fat With Bacteria?

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Cheese

Today, my love affair with Norfolk’s own Bella Pizzeria vegan pizza was solidified. As I was browsing through the morning paper and munching on my heavily soy-milked cereal, I came across this gem, which made me gag a bit.

I was already aware that cheese is a glob of coagulated goo that comes from cow’s udders (complete with all the bovine misery inherent in milk production). Apparently, it’s much, much more than that.

I’m horrified to inform you that behind the taste of this slimy, smelly concoction lies stomach lining, pesticides, and pure fat. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, experts say that no cheese would taste quite the same without the thousands of bacteria that are in and on it. And the fat is what gives cheese its flavor! Worse? Many of the bacteria in cheese are unidentified by scientists, and nobody knows what effects they may have. If your dinner plans included mac and cheese, you may wish to reconsider. Personally, I’ll be ordering one large pizza, with extra soy cheese. To find the best soy-cheese pizza in your area, check out our Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Pizzerias.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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