Imitation cheese or Lygomme TACH Optimum: know what you are eating!

A tasty pizza with deliciously creamy cheese. A lasagna with a nice melted layer of cheese. A delicious cheese croquette. How delicious cheese can be! Or so you think. For several years now, nothing has been further from the truth. Dietitian Paule Neyrat warns against a counterfeit cheese, launched by the American company Cargill. This fake cheese, which looks better than real cheese, tastes like real cheese and smells like real cheese has nothing to do with cheese at all. Vegetarians are already fans of it because it contains no animal products. But is this imitation cheese or Lygomme TACH Optimum really that healthy?

Imitation cheese on your pizza, in your lasagna, in your cheeseburger and in your cheese croquette

You eat a delicious piece of pizza with a glass of wine and enjoy the delicious cheese that pulls long strings. Or you can enjoy a bowl of lasagna with deliciously creamy cheese. Your cheese croquette is so delicious! Plus, lots of proteins and calcium, you think to yourself. But are you sure you are eating real cheese? Paule Neyrat, a dietitian, has just published an article about a counterfeit cheese that is popping up just about everywhere and that the average consumer doesn’t even know exists. How could it be? This fake cheese looks like cheese, smells like cheese and tastes like real cheese. No one will alert you that it is fake cheese. But you will find it in many prepared dishes: pizzas, lasagna, cheeseburger, cheese croquette, tree trunks, etc.

What is this imitation cheese made of?

This imitation cheese, with the scientific name Lygomme TACH Optimum, was designed by the American company Cargill, which has settlements in more than 63 countries and employs around 160,000 people. The giant Cargill has designed two types of imitation cheese.

Analog cheese

The first variant is the analogue cheese. This contains 15% milk proteins, palm oil and flavor enhancers. It has been on the market since 2007.

Fake cheese Lygomme ACH Optimum

The second variant is called “Lygomme ACH Optimum” and dates from 2009. This fake cheese variant consists of three types of starches, fragrances, colorings and flavors (E 410, E 412, E 417, E 407) and aromas. Not a gram of milk protein to be found! Result: the fake cheese tastes and smells perfectly like gouda, cheddar, mozzarella, or any other cheese depending on the preparation for which it is intended.

Economic benefits of the fake cheese

Cheaper

This variant is really a cash cow for the Cargill company, as this fake cheese costs 60% less than the first variant and no less than 200% less than, for example, mozzarella.

Not subject to price fluctuations

Since the fake cheese does not contain an ounce of milk protein, the Lygomme ACH Optimum is also not subject to the price fluctuations to which this basic product has been subject in recent years.

Perfect structure

The mixture of real cheese and fake cheese also gives the new ingredient the perfect structure. The fake cheese withstands higher temperatures, melts when it needs to and stays consistent when it needs to. No wonder industrialists eagerly purchase the product!

No animal products

Because the fake cheese contains no animal products, it is also very appreciated by vegetarians. They can now enjoy a delicious pizza or lasagna without feeling guilty.

Award 2009

It all sounds healthy, you think cynically. Well, it gets even better! This last variant was part of the three nominees for the Food Ingredients Excellence Awards 2009, in the category “Novelty of the year for dairy products”.

Is that all possible?

The European Commission has authorized the use of this cheese provided that all ingredients are listed on the label. And that does happen. But who knows what all those E numbers actually refer to? So it’s high time to
make your own pizzas , with real cheese! This way you at least know what you are eating and get the necessary nutrients instead of fake ingredients! Tasty!

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