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Alternative Vegan Cheese Products: Explore the Possibilities!

Yes, you can enjoy macaroni and cheese again! The grated cheese is wonderful for pizza or casseroles, wedges can be sliced for sandwiches, or cut into bite sized cubes for snacking. The product melts, shreds and tastes just like cheese...just no dairy ingredients.

According to Elizah Leigh at http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/what-is-vegan-cheese-made-of.html, vegan cheese is derived for plant-based ingredients, such as soy protein, solidified vegetable oil, nutritional yeast, arrow root, pea protein, agar flakes, nuts, tapioca flour, assorted bacteria cultures and etc... Ingredients in specific brands vary.

Daiya makes a completely dairy-free cheese product and contains no casin, whey, lactose, soy, gluten, eggs, rice or peanuts. The product is free of most tree nuts; however, coconut oil is utilized. Daiya eliminates the possibility of cross contamination with its own production facility. The vegan cheese melts and stretches and is excellent for lasagna and quesadillas This is great news for vegans and people that are allergic to dairy products. To locate a store near you, visit the site at http://www.daiyafoods.com/our-products.

Dr. Cow offers many vegan cheese options such as cashew nut cream cheese, aged cashew and brazil nut cheese, aged macadamia nut cheese and others. The cashew nut cream cheese is rich in iron, low in fat and calories with zero cholesterol. It is an excellent source of vegetable protein. This product contains no soy, 100% gluten and dairy free, no preservatives, stabilizers or artificial ingredients. For more information on Dr. Cow nut cheeses visit the site at http://www.dr-cow.com/products/.

Follow Your Heart offers vegan cheese in addition to a line of salad dressings and other vegan products at http://www.followyourheart.com/. The site lists numerous vegan recipes of course utilizing Follow Your Heart ingredients such as vegan cheese cake, potato salad, sun-dried tomato basil cheese log, and black cherry sour cream muffins to name a few. Follow Your Heart has an established vegan restaurant and market in Southern California.

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 3 Carolyn. I have heard about Daiya, and I wish we could get it over here.
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  2. Sheila Ray
    Voted...Hmmmm, made with solidified vegetable oil, which probably means hydrogenated, which means trans fat, which is the worst fat you can eat and should be avoided at all costs. If I was vegan, I'd avoid this and try living without cheese. the problem with trans fats, is that they don't break down in your body and they are the worst offenders for clogged arteries and heart disease. Stay healthy! :)
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Is that so Sheila? I had heard that trans-fats are bad: are they even worse than animal fats for clogging the arteries then? How ironic! you wouldn't think vegans would have to worry about things like that. I will look out for these culprits in future then.
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      1. Sheila Ray
        Veganara, it is quite true. In fact, studies are proving that saturated fats from animals are not nearly as bad for you as we thought they might be. Saturated animal fats melt at our body temperatures so we can deal with them easier. Trans fats do not and are the evil culprits. Even if a food label says no trans fats on the front, look at the list of ingredients. If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, there are trans fats in the food. The rules about labeling allow them to put no trans fats if there is less than a certain amount per serving, even if they are there. I recommend (of course to non-vegans) to use lard over shortening, because it truly is healthier if you must use one of them. There are many things vegans must watch out for in order to stay healthy with nutrition. Avoiding animal products doesn't automatically mean you are avoiding all unhealthy foods. Plus, you must be extra sure you are getting whole proteins, which are not common in plant-based foods. Good luck!
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          As long as you eat a range of fruit and veg and grains you should be getting all the protein you need. One veg that does contain a whole protein is avocado, and there are others I am sure. It's true; being vegan doesn't necessarily mean being healthier, not if you are eating quite a lot of processed foods for example. Someone wrote a very good blog on this subject on this website. I think you should write a piece about trans-fats for the FV (that's if you haven't already!)
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          1. Sheila Ray
            I haven't written on this site at all, mainly because I'm not vegan. :)
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              Well, it doesn't matter, I don't think you have to be! You could still write for it: I am sure you could write a really good piece about trans-fats and how they are worse than animal fats, which I am sure a lot of vegans don't know! And I would vote for it! It is definitely the kind of stuff we need to know.
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              1. Carolyn
                Carolyn
                What about the cheese products made from nuts? Thanks for the comments and votes!
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          2. SnakeWitch
            Spinach is another good source of protein, as well as nuts and legumes. Spinach and legumes also contain a lot of iron.
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  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Vote #6!
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  4. SnakeWitch
    Voted! I am particularly fond of cheese alternatives made from nuts. They're my fave. Especially raw. One time, I had a raw vegan cheesecake made from almonds. It was heaven, to say the least! Unfortunately, this was made by a local restaurant and shop owner in Gatineau, Quebec, and the product is not widely available yet. My new article is out: Tropical Weather Can Mean Greener Travel.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the vote! Love cheesecake!
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  5. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    mmmmmm! voted! -biggest cheese fan ever ;)
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