Vegan Cream Cheese: The Good and the Just Plain Ugly
Yesterday while shopping at my local Central Market (the one on N. Lamar south of the Triangle), I got one of my rare but intense pregnancy cravings: I saw bagels and the baby decided I needed one yesterday, and it needed to have cream cheese. Being that I was shopping with my dear vegan husband, we wanted to get both a dairy (for me) and vegan (for him) cream cheese option. I'm normally opposed to eating processed foods, even if it's made by a vegan friendly "health food" company or claims be "natural" or "organic." It looks like cream cheese, it tastes like cream cheese, but it's not cream cheese. So, what is it and how did it get that way? It violates the basic principle espoused by one of my favorite food writers, Michael Pollan, who advises us to "eat food, not too much, mostly plants." He says that if our grandparents or great-grandparents wouldn't have recognized it...