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Vegan Lifestyle: How are the foods made?

Asked by whitecarnations (1635 points ) February 26th, 2012

How are foods like vegan cheese, fake bacon and fake chicken comprised? How does vegan cheese achieve a melting texture? Are there a bunch of chemicals that make this happen? Are these chemicals harmful?

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marinelife's avatar

No chemicals. The cheese is made with natural thickeners. Ingredients include:

”(Cheddar & Mozzarella): Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavors, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), annatto”

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laureth's avatar

I’ve found that truly vegan “cheese” doesn’t melt very well. The protein that makes cheese so superbly melty, casein, is derived from milk, and added to some soy “cheese” to make it melt, but that wouldn’t be very vegan, eh?

6rant6's avatar

@marinelife So… salt is not a chemical. Glycerin is not a chemical. Citric acid ”(for flavor)” is not a chemical….

What exactly are you calling a chemical?

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