What is the difference in the nutritive value between “vegan Gouda” and the real thing and why the substitution? Is it because you wish to follow a vegan diet, or other reasons?
Many people receiving food stamps cannot afford lots of vegetables as the super markets are often not in walking distance and thus the quick, processed food are cheap and filling.
I was raised vegetarian but my parents, new SdA converts when I was an infant, often craved and missed the taste of meat. Raised in the Deep South, meat was used much in vegetable cooking, but my mom did a remarkable job of adjusting on the limited food budget. Lots of dried beans (wonderful source of protein) and Vegex, a “meaty” taste additive. We kids never knew the taste of meat so didn’t miss it.
Although a meatless diet can be sufficient, with fish added, if one can stand the smell (ugh!) but it should not be a religious doctrine, IMHO. My granddaughters were never raised complete vegetarians as it really can complicate a small child’s visiting with friends to ask about all the various dishes.
I believe Jesus who said: " that there is nothing unclean that goes into the mouth but what comes out." The dietary laws of the Torah were abrogated with instructions to Christians.