Casein: Most Relevent Cancer Promoter Ever?

It's hard to miss today's very prominent headline on the pages of The Huffington Post, it screams: "A Cure for Cancer? Eating a Plant-Based Diet". The headline links to an article written by Kathy Freston. Freston chats with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Cornell University and author of The China Study to explain how cancer happens and what we can do to prevent and reverse it.

Casein is a Cancer Promoter. The most striking quote in the article from Dr. Campbell is this: "Our work showed that casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered."

Casein is known to vegans as that tricky ingredient that is derived from cows milk, and thus not vegan. However it is also an ingredient in many Soy Cheese products, many of which are deceivingly marketed as a vegetarian (but not vegan) cheese alternative. The frustration comes because many pizza makers and other restaurants offering 'soy cheese' may not know the true vegan difference. FYI, the photo here is my 'Beachy Pizza' made with vegan casein-free cheese. Ahead, learn a few casein facts...

Casein Facts

*Casein, is a well-defined group of proteins found in milk, constituting about 80% of the proteins in cow's milk. The Huff Post article claims it is 87% of milk protein.

*Casein is found in many Soy Cheese products. To ensure your soy cheese is vegan, make sure it says casein-free or does not say casein in the ingredients label.

*Acid casein is used widely in cheese, adhesives, water paints, for coating paper, and in printing textiles and wallpaper.

*Most of the protein in cheese is rennet casein curd.

*Casein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids.

*Casein proteins release slowly, and thus have been a popular supplement used by body-builders. Body building websites instruct users to ingest casein at bedtime for long-term release of proteins.

*Definition: Ca-sein (noun) - A white, tasteless, odorless protein precipitated from milk by rennin. It is the basis of cheese and is used to make plastics, adhesives, paints, and foods.

*My favorite casein-free cheese brands are Follow Your Heart and Daiya brand cheeses, available in four flavors. They melt just like real cheese. The photo below is a pizza made with Follow Your Heart cheese:

Don't forget to check out the article in the Huffington Post by Kathy Freston to learn more about casein and its link to cancer development. Link:

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