There are some things in this world that you simply shouldn't mess with. Why? Because they're absolutely perfect in their original form and any attempt to adapt them is essentially sacrilege.
Of course, in this modern world, change is necessary for the progression and protection of the planet and its people. Thus, sometimes the good things have to go, be it plastic straws, sugar-soaked snacks (R.I.P blue smarties and Sunny D), Seinfeld, Brangelina, or Doritos 3D.
However, one thing that we have naively presumed safe over the decades is cheese. For a majority of the world's population, the idea of cheese ceasing to exist is inconceivable. After all, what would be the point in pizza if mozzarella disappeared? I mean, would we even bother to visit France if cheese fondue wasn't on the menu? And, how would your dad tell his favorite joke if the punchline wasn't cheddar related?
In recent years, cheese has become increasingly endangered as a result of the evolving human conscience. Now, with veganism and the numbers of health-focused consumers at an all-time high, the future of cheese is looking bleak.
Even the most traditional delights involving dairy are at risk. For example, mac 'n' cheese may never be the same again.
Despite being widely believed to be the best and most indulgent form of comfort food, mac 'n' cheese is being given a makeover in order to make it suitable for those whose diets do not permit them to taste cheese.
But what could possibly be good enough to replace cheese, you ask? Watch the video to find out...
Rather than be unapologetically gluttonous, this mac n' cheese features vegetables in the form of kale, tomatoes, and mushrooms - the last thing that someone craving some comfort food needs or wants.
However, whilst those of us who do guiltlessly binge on animal products scoff at this version of a classic dish, there are plenty of vegans and lactose intolerant people who will think this is the perfect alternative.
Macaroni cheese (as it is known in England) has existed for centuries, having been first recorded in the Italian Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks, dating back to the 14th century. The first modern recipe was published in the English cookbook, The Experienced English Housekeeper, in 1770.
Meanwhile, mac 'n' cheese didn't reach America until 1802, after Thomas Jefferson (one of America's founding fathers) and James Hemings, his chef, and slave, discovered the creamy concoction on a trip to Paris. Immediately impressed by the delicious dish, Jefferson served "a pie called macaroni" at a state dinner, making it instantly fashionable throughout the country.
By the mid-1800s, macaroni cheese was a popular dish with the upper classes. By the end of the century, factory production of products such as butter meant that the dish was affordable and available to all classes, thus cementing it as a culinary staple across the country.
Thus, it's safe to say that America is essentially built on mac 'n' cheese. But, after several centuries of using the same recipe, could it now be time to try something new? Could a plant-based (read: cheese-less) macaroni and cheese dish be the new comfort food of choice? Could it mean no more feelings of guilt after a binge?
Whether you'll eat the ordinary stuff, or the modern version, one thing will remain the same: its ability to make you feel happy!