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    I'm wondering what people think of those vegan almond cheeses. I've used it on occasion to top dishes, although the texture isn't very cheese-like and it doesn't melt that great. It does have casein so it's not completely dairy-free, canola oil and brown rice flour so it's not exactly primal. It does get me through a crunch though, when I really want cheese without doing dairy (dairy is a slippery slope for me, once I have a bit I crave it all the time like crazy. Almond cheese doesn't do that to me).

    What do you guys think? Is is better to do dairy or indulge once in a while with almond cheese?

  • #2
    Just eat dairy, avoid those frankenfoods like the plague.
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    • #3
      Not everybody can eat dairy and I think almond cheese is a viable alternative once in a while. It is no more a frankenfood than regular cheese. And not all brands have rice and casein in them.

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      • #4
        As someone who was a vegan for about eight months, I can say that I never found a non-dairy cheese that was worth my money. (And I tried the almond cheese -- I remember it being particularly terrible.)

        Daiya was as close to edible as any brand got. Sorry.
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        • #5
          The tofu ones are gross but there is a brand of almond cheese they sell at Henry's that actually is tasty.

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          • #6
            Are you trying to lose weight? I am, and I think that even though it's pretty low carb, it's got the rice flour... not worth it to me. I wonder if you couldn't invent a way to make your own....
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            • #7
              Almond cheese has the same drawbacks as eating a whole bowl of almonds. Not optimal for weight loss.

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              • #8
                Almond "cheese" is no more a frankenfood than regular cheese? Uh, I can make regular cheese in my kitchen from raw milk and tools I already own. Ingredients: Milk, salt.
                Almond "cheese" is factory food, pure and simple. I'm on the side of dairy > factory food. The reason it doesn't set off dairy cravings is probably that it's gross. I'm not about to try it though. Almond CHEESE? That should not be allowed as a marketing slogan any more than soy "milk" - it should be called "solidified food substance consisting largely of almonds and rice bran"
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                • #9
                  Jeeze. Lighten up folks. Nobody was advocating eating it 3 times a day. Once in a while, for dairy intolerant people it's not that big a deal IMO.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                    Jeeze. Lighten up folks. Nobody was advocating eating it 3 times a day. Once in a while, for dairy intolerant people it's not that big a deal IMO.
                    Point taken. I just have a bee in my bonnet about foods called "cheese" "sausage" and "milk" that are not actually anything of the sort. Truth in labeling.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      off to have a nice cold glass of amygdalate
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                      • #12
                        Have you tried nutritional yeast? I think the jury is out on how primal it is, but the dead yeast strains are cleaner than a lot of vegan cheeses. I do eat some dairy, and I still use nutritional yeast for quick cheesyish sauces: For one serving, mix a couple tbs of nutritional yeast, a squirt of hot sauce, grated garlic (if desired), a tsp or two of olive oil, and just enough water to make a thick sauce. Pour it onto whatever you're making (I usually massage it into kale leaves) and bake. Add ground nuts into the sauce if you want a crunch.

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                        • #13
                          Just another thought, as someone who has to watch her dairy intake...perhaps try eating a cheese that is more satisfying that commercial cheeses. We have Wegman's nearby, which is known for their cheese section. If you eat really hard cheeses, the lactose is a nonissue, and the more intense the flavor, the more satisfying. Just a thought. I love cheese too, but a good slice of high-quality imported cheese does it for me.
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                          • #14
                            the words almond cheese bring about the same sort of mental images as head cheese

                            if you aren't lactose intolerant (or even if you are?) i second ciavyn
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