should note that most cheese
is not vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet
, which, as Webster points out, is part of a cow. Rennet is used to speed up the coagulation of milk. There are some companies, such as Cabot
, that produce cheese using either no rennet or an artificial rennet
. The artificial rennet, sometimes known as "vegetable rennet" is actually produced by bacteria modified with recombinant DNA.
You can tell whether or not a cheese contains animal rennet: if the list of ingredients contains the word "enzymes," it uses animal rennet, unless it specifically states otherwise. For example, many cheeses produced by Cabot specifically state, "Contains no animal rennet."