soy cheese


A cheeselike product made from soy milk that comes in full-, low- and nonfat versions and in a variety of types including cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan. There's also a soy cream cheese, sold in plain and seasoned versions. Most soy cheeses contain casein, a milk protein, so dairy-sensitive individuals should read labels carefully. Cheese lovers find the flavor and texture of soy cheeses inferior, largely because they have a significantly lower fat content than their dairy counterparts. Most soy versions are best enjoyed chilled or at room temperature; many separate when heated. Soy cheeses can be found in natural food stores and most supermarkets.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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