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Are these meat and cheese alternatives healthy?

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June 19, 2019 / By Carey
Question: I'm a lacto ovo vegetarian, and decided to slowly eliminate dairy from my diet. I usually make a burrito for lunch, or a PB&J sandwich, but I was at the grocery store and decided to throw some vegan "ham" and "cheese" into my cart. I'm satisfied with the nutritional facts, but some of the ingredients I'm not sure about. The "ham" is made from soy, the "cheese" from rice. But I've been told soy isn't healthy, and that both products are made chemically. Here at the ingredients for: LightLife Smart Deli Baked Ham Style Water, wheat gluten, soy protein isolate, evaporated cane juice, less than 2% of: tapioca starch, natural flavor (from vegetable sources), yeast extract, natural smoke flavor, sea salt, carrageenan, potassium chloride, tomato pulp, soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt), citric acid, fermented rice flour, salt, xanthan gum, paprika oleoresin (color). And for: Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Vegan Cheddar Flavor Rice Vegan Slices Organic rise base (filtered water, organic rice flour), organic maltodextrin, rice bran oil, pea protein, calcium & sodium phosphates, contains 2% or less of: sea salt, carrageenan, mono & diglycerides, natural flavors, lactic acid (non-dairy), apocarotenal (color), betacarotene. I know that carrageenan isn't that great, but I don't plan on eating this stuff every day. But if you know just one thing about one ingredient please answer. I would really appreciate it, thanks Bre I don't eat much soy, btw. I'll use rice milk or almond milk sometimes.
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Allard Allard | 3 days ago
Soy is healthy in it's most natural states, or least processed such as tofu, soy milk, edamame, miso, tempeh and natto. Dr Oz said 2 cups of soy milk a day is healthy. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine supports soy as part of a healthy diet. Visit their website at pcrm.org where you will find a lot of information and references to research done with regard to soy consumption and it's health benefits. Asians have been eating tofu, soy sauce and miso, for centuries and are some of the healthiest people in existence, far healthier than most Americans. The cheese product sounds fine (at quick glance). The other product I personally would avoid because the soy isolates imply highly processed soy to the point of unrecognizable food. It would no longer be considered anywhere near it's natural state. Dr Oz recommends avoiding soy isolates. Also, I do not wish to support companies like Monsanto who are creating these highly processed soy and corn additives which are closer to chemicals than food. They are being produced for the benefit of monetary gain to Monsanto, and to the detriment of human health as well as contributing to the downfall of organic and natural farmers who have been struggling to bring healthy fresh fruit and vegetables to our tables. Watch the movie 'Food, Inc.' for details. Good job, cutting dairy! Keep it up. Peace and happiness.
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Allard Originally Answered: My Bichon puppy loves cheese a lot! Is it okay to feed him cheese or will it cause problems?
Yep, dogs sure do love cheese! Is it good for them? Yes and no, and most of all occasionally, sparingly. It's great protein. It's a lot of calories/fat, so should be even more rare for overweight dogs. It sure can be used in training. Just teensy bits, and again keep an eye on the whole diet. Too much cheese can cause constipation in some dogs and may even cause diarrhea in others. So keep an eye on his output and you will soon learn what he can handle. Then tone it down a little from that to give yourself a little padding there. It depends on the size of the dog too, so we can't just say "this much" because it wouldn't be the same for a small breed puppy like yours and a full grown adult Great Dane. Consider for that tiny puppy who still has an immature digestive system (you didn't say the age) to go very lightly. So 3-5 small bites a week, for instance, should be fine. 3-5 small bites a day is probably too much is my guess -- but ask your vet to be sure.
Allard Originally Answered: My Bichon puppy loves cheese a lot! Is it okay to feed him cheese or will it cause problems?
This Site Might Help You. RE: My Bichon puppy loves cheese a lot!!! Is it okay to feed him cheese or will it cause problems? He loves cheese a lot and never seems to vomit or have any problems. I only give him a little bit every once in a while, but he usually sneaks away with a couple of slices from my parents. So, is it okay for him or should I just convince my parents to ban cheese for the rest of his life???

Tarina Tarina
It is important to eat foods with a high energy. Just because your vegan or vegetarian doesn't mean that you have to eat only artificial products that remind you of what you're missing. I'm vegetarian and my diet mainly consists of kashi cereal in the morning (you can replace the milk with rice milk or almond milk if you want), some nut bars (HEALTHY like made by odwalla for example), organic fruits and vegetables, lotso juices (odwalla again :]) and occasionally some bread and soup and/or a meal with beans. I have a light snack at night too. This is just an example of the typeof diet a vegetarian or vegan can thrive upon, although a few of the things i mentioned might not be vegan-friendly :PP I would recommend to stay away from these packaged foods and artificial products as much as possible. Eat things that are natural and make you FEEL natural when you eat them. Love is the key
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Ripley Ripley
Be careful about soy consumption. Soy is in many, many food products like fillers in bread, in vegetable oils.... There's research showing too much soy can affect a woman's fertility, men's sperm count and is tied to thyroid disease. How much is too much? Good question. But if you're already drinking soy milk and eating tofu every day, be careful about adding more soy. And, like you say, they're full of chemicals..... This guy drank a lot of soy milk and grew man boobs, plus had other sexual/emotional problems: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/soys...
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Ripley Originally Answered: Does anyone have a "healthy" cheese ball recipe?
LOL. about the only way you can make a cheese ball "healthier" but still taste like a cheeseball would be to substitute lowfat ingredients for your highfat ingredients. You don't want to go "no fat" because then it would be pretty tasteless. the only other option I could suggest would be to do a vegan version of a cheese ball. low fat cheese ball #1 2 (8 ounce) packages light cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup grated low fat Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon dried chives 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder mix well, shape into a ball, refrigerate until ready to serve low fat cheese ball #2 2 (8 ounce) packages light cream cheese, softened 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix 2 1/2 cups shredded low fat 2% skim Cheddar cheese (sharp) 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans In a medium size bowl, mash cream cheese. Mix dressing mix and Cheddar cheese into the cream cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. vegan cheese ball http://www.myvegancookbook.com/recipes/r... it's actually very good and I'm not a vegan. If you do this one then try it out before you take it to a party.

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