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Is Daiya the secret to get cheese lovers to make the switch to a vegan diet?

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Photo: Daiya Cheese

Besides the "where do you get your protein?" question, the one thing I hear most often as a vegan is "Oh, I could never go vegan because I love cheese too much."
Well, so do a lot of vegans. In fact, there are lots of vegans out there who eat unhealthy foods and live off soy versions of the unhealthy standard American diet items they grew up eating. For me, whether it's from animal or plant, processed food is processed food. But people become vegan for different reasons and my journey to eating the way I do didn't start on this healthy, high-raw, mostly soy-free way for years.
I'm human, and I still get occasional cravings for unhealthy foods, even pizza. So, when I heard all the vegan circles raving about Daiya, a new fairly allergy-friendly vegan cheese that melts, making it great for pizza, I had to investigate.
I hit up the Daiya website and was surprised to learn that the cheese was free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, trans-fats and many common allergies, like soy, wheat, egg, dairy, whey and nuts. The main ingredients in the Daiya mozzarella blend are water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flour, canola oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein and salt. Again, nothing that makes the health nut in me swoon, but nothing that makes me want to call the "real food" police.
So, what the hell does it taste like? Cheese. Melty, stretchy cheese. Mind you, cheeseheads won't be fooled and I still prefer a cheese-less veggie slice, but if you need to kill a cheese craving without impending on your animal-free diet, Daiya might make your day-a (sorry, I couldn't resist)!

Daiya cheese is available at Whole Foods market and also used on their vegan pizza slices.

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Heather Crosby said:

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Sold. I think I'm going to have to try this stuff now.

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