Vegan cheese

Gnocchi made with vegan cheese

Vegan cheese is a non-dairy or plant cheese analogue aimed at vegans and others who want to avoid animal products, including those who are lactose-intolerant.[1] As with plant milk, vegan cheese can be made of soybeans, rice, almonds and other nuts, and nutritional yeast.

Vegan cheese is cholesterol-free and may be a good source of soy protein. Several brands melt in the way dairy cheese does. Popular brands include Biocheese, Cheezly, Daiya, Teese and Tofutti.

In 2016, a Facebook user's complaint that dairy-free cheese substitutes are "not cheese" and suggesting vegan cheese be renamed "Gary" became viral, with vegans and others enthusiastically endorsing the new name.[2][3]


  1. Dixie Mahy, Miyoko Schinner, Artisan Vegan Cheese, Book Publishing Company, 2013, p. v.
  2. Alex Orlov (3 October 2016). "Vegan cheese might soon be called "Gary," thanks to one epic, viral Facebook rant". Mic. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. Essel Pratt (2 October 2016). "Vegan Cheese Has Been Renamed Gary: Facebook Rant Sends Social Media In An Uproar". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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