@Regrann from @veganawesome - "But I could never give up cheese." I used to say that too! Cheese is loaded with fat & salt, as well as casomorphins, mild opiates formed when the milk protein casein is digested. No wonder people feel addicted! But here's why you should break your cheese habit:
**As the #1 source of saturated fat in the U.S. diet, cheese is a key contributor to atherosclerosis--the clogging of the arteries that leads to heart disease, strokes, & erectile dysfunction.
**Most cheese has a whopping 70% of calories from fat. As fat has >2x the calories per gram as carbs or protein, high-fat foods are loaded with calories, leading to unhealthy weight gain. Vegans tend to have healthier body weights than omnivores or even lacto-ovo vegetarians; in the Adventist studies, vegans were the only group whose avg body mass index was in the healthy range.
**Dairy/cheese is the major source of female hormones in the human diet, since cows are commonly milked while pregnant, when hormone levels are highest. Buying organic doesn't change this--it's inherent in cow milk. Dairy consumers have higher blood levels of estrogen, a risk factor for hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast & ovarian cancer.
**Dairy/cheese is closely tied to prostate cancer in many studies. In >20,000 men in the Physicians' Health Study, those consuming >2.5 servings of dairy/day had a 34% higher risk of prostate cancer, even with adjustments for other risk factors.
**Cow milk protein has been implicated in causing Type 1 diabetes & multiple sclerosis. **Cheese & dairy commonly cause bloating, gas, cramps, & diarrhea, except in a minority of people worldwide. It is actually the norm to be lactose intolerant: 75% of the world's population naturally loses the ability to digest lactose after childhood, when there is no longer a biological need to consume human breast milk.
**Still not convinced? Perhaps the most powerful argument is the ethical one. Dairy causes as much suffering as meat. Dairy cows live unnaturally short, tortured lives & are ultimately slaughtered for cheap meat, while their male calves are killed for veal. Check out freefromharm.org/dairyfacts & try a nondairy cheese!