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5 Gross Facts About Milk-Based Cheese

Thinking about going vegan but iffy about giving up cheese made from milk? Or when talking to your friends and family about going vegan, do you often get the ridiculous rebuttal “I wish I could go vegan like you, but I could never give up cheese”? Well, listen up, because all that is about to change.

Here are five gross things that you may not know about milk-based cheese:

  • Milk-based cheese is a product of rape. Like humans, cows produce milk only when they’re pregnant or nursing, so to keep their milk constantly flowing, farmers artificially inseminate cows over and over, often on devices called “rape racks.” RAPE racks, y’all.
  • Milk-based cheese has stomach lining in it. Rennet is an enzyme used to curdle (EW!) cheese, and it’s made from calves’ stomach lining—meaning that this pre-cheese gloop must pass through someone else’s stomach before making it to yours.
  • Milk-based cheese kills babies. In the dairy industry, male calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and sold for veal. Confined to dark, filthy sheds, they’ll live their entire short lives chained by the neck in tiny crates so small that they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. When they are just a few weeks old, they will be killed.

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  • Milk-based cheese has ADDICTIVE drugs in it. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, milk contains DRUGS. Cows naturally produce morphine, codeine, and other opiates (aka “drugs”) in their livers, and all these can and often times do end up in their milk—and, ultimately, in your body if you drink milk. This means that if you’ve ever tried to give up cheese or any other product made from cow’s milk, it probably made you feel sick—but not for the reason that you think. It’s not because your body is trying to tell you that it needs cheese to survive. It’s because your body is literally going through physical, chemical withdrawals in the same way that drug addicts go through withdrawal symptoms when they’re kicking an addiction. Stay strong and fight through it. You’ll survive and come out on top, and your body will totally thank you.
  • Milk-based cheese is … well, it’s just gross. Aside from the drugs we already mentioned, milk products are also loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. And that’s not all. It’s also crawling with bacteria—some of it harmless and 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.

The good news? There are so many milk-free cheese options in stores made by companies like Daiya, Teese, and Follow Your Heart. They’re easy to find, taste just as yummy, and are just as melty (yeah, I said, “melty”). And the best part? No animals were harmed in the making of any of them.

So, next time your friends are all, “OMG, I would die without cheese!” you’ll know better and can share with them these nifty (and super-icky) facts and guide them in the right direction—you know, the vegan direction. :)

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  • 548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t stand the smell of that sour putrid garbage. About a month ago some got snuck into a plate of spaghetti, I spent the night on the toilet and had two days of a runny nose.

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    550 days ago

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    It’s interesting how this says that giving up cheese might make you sick, because I have kind of found the opposite, now that I have given up dairy, on the few time that I’ve slacked a bit and eaten dairy anyway, that makes me feel sick. I think it is because we were never meant to drink cow’s milk in the first place so we end up developing immunity to it because we drink it so much but then once we give it up we almost immediately become allergic to it.

  • 575 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great Article! Thanks for posting, guys!

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    580 days ago

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    I would ditch cheese and other dairy products for good if it weren’t for where I live bacause the grocery stores here sadly don’t have vegan options/foods :'( Well, at least that I know of…

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    602 days ago

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    I’ve been vegan a while and think cheese is gross, but this article is one of the things that makes me a bit upset because I think sensationalism hurts our movement. Particularly the points about rennet and “drugs”. In modern cheese making, rennet is typically produced in bacteria and isolated from it for milk curdling. Even if a calf stomach was used, this would be a snip of the stomach thrown into a vat of milk, which means it does not “pass through someone else’s stomach” to be made. Humans make a milk curdling enzyme in infancy as well, to help keep mother’s milk in the digestive system long enough to absorb nutrients from it. However, this enzyme is lost as children grow older (a big clue that we aren’t meant to drink milk past infancy). As for the “drugs” portion. Milk contains casein, which is very concentrated in cheese. In the digestive process, the protein is converted to casomorphine, which can act similarly to an opiate. It is something that is really natural, and it is thought that this is to help infants bond with their mothers and feel the need to get milk (which results in survival). I just really wish that this article hadn’t tried to twist these concepts. I mean cheese is gross enough on it’s own without any sensationalism.

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    606 days ago

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    Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

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    816 days ago

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    Me before: I dont eat meat but I do eat cheese. Cheese is tasty.
    Me after: I just found out I’m a drug addict NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    910 days ago

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    that picture looks so horrible 😐

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    919 days ago

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    This helped so much! I’ll definitely think twice next time I want some milk or cheese or dairy-based product.

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    921 days ago

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    this was very helpful, thanks to the fact that my friends were teasing me because I couldn’t eat meat or milk. They were waving Cheez-itz in my face! let’s just see how sorry they will be when I tell them that cheese has drugs and tons of bacteria in it!

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    924 days ago

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    Cheese packaging and grocery store cheese coolers should be required to label/post those 5 points. Like the warning on cigarette packs. Tough to ignore once you know about it.
    Thanks for the info!