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Any Personal Recommendations for Healthy, Tasty, Non-Dairy Cheeses?

Kai--
Kai--
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Any Personal Recommendations for β€œHealthy", Tasty, Non-Dairy 🚫 πŸ„ πŸ‘ 🐐 🦘 (Vegan) Cheeses? πŸ§€ 🐁

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Nearly fell out of chair πŸ’Ί when (non-V), cheese-loving πŸ₯° loved one requested β€˜Vegan Cheese’ for sandwiches πŸ₯ͺ & wraps 🌯 !! 😳 πŸ™ƒ

[After popping eyeballs πŸ‘€ back into head πŸ™ˆ , I raise query here as I’m not familiar with non-dairy cheese πŸ§€ foods (β€˜transition’ cheeses).]

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I’ll google research πŸ”Ž . But, in meantime, if you’ve ready recommendations at the tips of your fingers πŸ’… (or the tip of your tongue πŸ‘… ), I’d very much appreciate hearing about them. πŸ™ 😌

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[I follow WFPB plant-based πŸ†˜ perspective (Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Michael Greger, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Alan Goldhamer, et. al.), so the lower the [Salt Oil Sugar] the better. πŸ‘πŸ‘ ]

Thank you kindly, in advance, for any πŸ§€ recommendations you’d like to share.

☺️ πŸ™ πŸ€ 🌺 🌞

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[Query also posted at "Healthy Eating" forum: healthunlocked.com/healthye... ]

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benwl
benwlVolunteer

I wouldn't worry too much about the 'healthy' part of your question. Vegan cheese is likely to be relatively more healthy than non vegan simply because of the absence of animal fat and protein. But it's still likely to be high in fat and protein (even if it they do contain so-called good fats).

So if a vegan wants to eat cheese, I would say regard it as a treat to be enjoyed in small amounts, and go for it, but don't over indulge, and don't spend too much time trying to seek out the 'healthyist'.

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to benwl

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Very good to hear πŸ‘‚, benwl. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Excellent insights. πŸ‘“ ✨

. . . Occasional, small servings sounds key πŸ”‘ .

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Thank you. Much appreciated, benwl. πŸ™ ☺️

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[Am grateful πŸ™ they’re at least looking at non-dairy alternatives instead of animal dairy πŸ§€ . Am guessing (quietly hoping 🀫 🀞) they’ll eventually transition off β€˜faux’ πŸ§€ altogether. 🀞🀞 . . . All in good time πŸ•° . . . all in good time . . . πŸ“† . . . πŸ—“ . . . .☺️ πŸ™ πŸ€ 🌺 🌞 ]

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πŸ§€πŸ

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Poking around πŸ”Ž & found these Dairy-Free Cheese πŸ§€ Lists so far:

β€’ Vegan Cheese Brands and Cookbooks: vegan.com/cheese/

β€’ 7 Best Dairy-Free Cheeses: thespruceeats.com/best-dair...

β€’ The Dairy-Free Cheese You Need In Your Fridge: thrillist.com/eat/nation/be...

β€’ Vegan Cheese is Better Than Ever: Try These 11 Brands: onegreenplanet.org/vegan-fo...

β€’ A Guide to Vegan Cheese: What’s the Best Dairy-Free Option?: healthline.com/nutrition/ve...

β€’ How to Substitute Cheese: godairyfree.org/dairy-subst...

β€’ 10 dairy free and vegan cheese brands you need to try: metro.co.uk/2017/08/25/10-d...

β€’ 13 Vegan Cheese Brands that Make It Easy to Ditch Dairy: livekindly.co/13-vegan-chee...

β€’ Best Vegan Cheese 2019: bbcgoodfood.com/review/best...

β€’ Your Guide to Going Dairy Free: Plant-Based Milks, Cheeses,… : freefromharm.org/food-produ...

β€’ We Taste Tested 8 Vegan Cheeses …: huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/...

β€’ These Vegan Cheeses Are So Good, You Might Quit Dairy … : bestproducts.com/eats/food/...

β€’ The 2019 List of Vegetarian Cheeses and Brands …: vegetatio.com/content/joyou...

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[Haven’t a clue πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ how reliable/ accurate the lists πŸ“ are (or how tasty πŸ˜‹ / β€˜good’ the πŸ§€s are), but it’s a jumping off point πŸ€Ύβ€β™‚οΈ .]

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πŸ§€πŸ

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andyswarbs
andyswarbsVolunteer

Vegan cheeses are a new creation and I think it may take some years before truly superb ones appear. After all cow-based cheeses have had time to mature, in both senses. Afaik, or am I guessing a new vegan cheese is being launched every day.

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to andyswarbs

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Thank you kindly, Andy. πŸ™πŸ˜Œ

Hopefully new πŸ§€ πŸ§€ πŸ§€ will improve in taste πŸ‘… (& nutrients πŸ’ͺ ) over time. 🀞🀞

[Just grateful πŸ™ those astonishing 😳 words ("I’d be willing to give vegan cheese a try") came out of the blue 🌈 πŸ”΅ β€” out of loved one’s mouth πŸ—£πŸ’¬ !! (Stunned 😯 . Shocked 😡. Mind-blown 🀯.) Guess old dogs πŸ• can learn new tricks πŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈ (just as old πŸ„ cheese can mature in flavour)!! . . . πŸ˜ƒ 😁 πŸ˜‚ ]

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πŸ§€ 🐁

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Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator

Hi Kai,

I’m not a huge fan of vegan cheese. I sometimes buy violife Parmesan type cheese but it’s not great and sometimes I think it even detracts from what you are putting it on, rather than adding to it. I have also tried cheddar style cheese with cranberries and that was okay for a change but again a bit disappointing.

There is still along way to go as far as vegan cheese is concerned. We just have to wait for someone to hit the jackpot 🎰 with the right combination of flavours! πŸ˜‹

I’ll have a look at your cheese links πŸ˜πŸ‘

Ali πŸ™‚πŸŒ±

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Agoodenough

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Good to know, Agoodenough/ Ali. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thank you for taking time to note/ share πŸ§€ experience. πŸ™ 😌

I’ll pass info πŸ“ along.

[If it serves as merely a temporary β€˜transition food’, that’s good enough!! I’d consider that β€˜winning a jackpot 🎰 β€˜ !! . . . πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ . . . Just β€˜getting off’ animal dairy πŸ§€ would be a remarkable 1st step πŸ‘£ .]

After a while, don’t think we even think about πŸ€” πŸ’­ (or desire 😍 ) πŸ§€ at all? πŸ€” πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Getting over the (addictive) hump 〰️ seems hardest part (biggest struggle πŸ€Όβ€β™‚οΈ ) β€” taking the needed time πŸ•° πŸ“† πŸ—“ to try & patiently break πŸ§€ ⛏ through πŸ’₯ the addictive cycle ♻️ .

Thank you kindly, Ali. Much appreciated. ☺️ πŸ™ πŸ€ 🌺 🌞

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You might fancy trying this Kai!!!

hollandandbarrett.com/shop/...

Click on the link please. My youngest son uses this for different dishes and recommended this to me. And is not expensive either plus B12 in it. Enjoy your Easter!!!

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Snowdrops_17

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Thank you kindly, for bringing up nutritional yeast flakes, 447510 (4️⃣4️⃣7️⃣5οΈβƒ£πŸ”Ÿ)!

Much appreciated. πŸ™ 😌

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Love it❣️

And, it’s fortified with B12 too. πŸ‘πŸ‘ Excellent! ⭐️

Can sprinkle it β€˜ , ’ , ’ , ’ in sandwiches πŸ₯ͺ πŸ₯™ & wraps 🌯 as well as all the other foods 🍝 πŸ₯— 🍲 . . . πŸ‘πŸ‘

Flakes tastes πŸ‘… good πŸ˜‹, so doesn’t matter if it’s not in form/ β€˜shape of’ sliced πŸ”² πŸ”˜ cheese πŸ§€ !! [Doh! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ ] πŸ˜„

Thank you & son for bringing yeast flakes to attention! Kindly give him πŸ§‘ a peck 😘 for sharing such a good idea πŸ’‘. . . ☺️ πŸ™ πŸ€ 🌺 🌞

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[Aside: Have heard nutritional yeast flakes ( google.com/search?as_q=nutr... ) referred to as "vegan crack"! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ˜‚ If that’s the case, perhaps that’s a better (β€˜healthier’ πŸ€— ) thing to get addicted to! 😁 (Imagining πŸ€” πŸ’­ ✨ it now . . . jonesing 😰 πŸ’‰ πŸ₯Ί for some β€˜yeast flakes’ ( , ’ , ’ , ’ ), scoring some β€˜flakesβ€˜ behind the β€˜flake factory’ 🏭 , OD-ing 😡 πŸš‘ on B12 . . . 🀣 πŸ€ͺ πŸ™ƒ )]

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Happy Easter 🐣 to you too, 4️⃣4️⃣7️⃣5οΈβƒ£πŸ”Ÿ! 😌 πŸ™

. . . 🍫🐰 . . 🌈πŸ₯š. . . . . 😯 πŸ˜ƒ πŸ™ƒ

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🐰 πŸ‡ πŸ₯š 🐣 πŸ₯ 🐀 πŸ” πŸ“ 🌷 🌸 🌱 🌿 πŸ‘— πŸ‘’ πŸ‘Ÿ 🧺 πŸ₯— β˜€οΈ 🌦 β˜”οΈ πŸŒ‚ 🌈 🌝 ♻️

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You welcomed Kai. I shall asked my son how to use this properly. I bought some myself today and shall try these yeast flakes, sprinkled on my soup for tea later. There is a website here

marigoldhealthfoods.co.uk

Need to check this out. Hope they have more recipies ideas on there.

Let you know what it tastes like later 😁

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Snowdrops_17

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Thank you, 4️⃣4️⃣7️⃣5οΈβƒ£πŸ”Ÿ ! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Experimented with these ”Mac & Cheese" (sauce) recipes (over pasta 🍝 ) & now make β€˜variations on a theme 🎢 β€˜:

β€’ nutriciously.com/best-vegan... β€’ simpleveganblog.com/fat-fre...

β€’ sweetsimplevegan.com/2018/0... β€’ detoxinista.com/best-vegan-...

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Also learned from watching "oil-free vegan mac and cheese" videos πŸ“Ή :

. . . google.com/search?as_q=oil-...

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[Thank gawd for the Internet πŸ•Έ !! πŸ™ 😌 Where would we be without it?! Banging 2 stones together in a cave πŸ•³ trying to make πŸ”₯ ?? . . . πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ ]

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Yes, please let us know how you use your yeast flakes, 4️⃣4️⃣7️⃣5οΈβƒ£πŸ”Ÿ , & how you like it.

Looking forward to hearing πŸ‘‚ about your β€˜culinary πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ πŸ₯£ experiments πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬ βš—οΈ ’ & the recipes πŸ“ that become your favorites! πŸ˜‹

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Snowdrops_17
Snowdrops_17 in reply to Kai--

Cheers, thanks Kai.

My eldest son went vegan.

But he has vitamin B12 deficiency now. So he didnt look after himself very well. Lots of good ideas here for him. Hope he's interested as it would help him to have a good vegan diet.

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Snowdrops_17

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Oh no! B12 deficiency! πŸ˜” (Very sorry to hear.)

Hope 🀞he can readily refuel ⛽️ / refill his B12 β€˜tank’ πŸ›’ with easy supplementation πŸ’Š (by-passing the injection πŸ’‰ route). πŸ™ 😌

More on B12 supplementation at (minute 3:39) ( healthunlocked.com/cure-art.... ) & avoiding β€˜V’ pitfalls (minute 2:25) from Dr. Michael Klaper:

m.youtube.com/watch?v=1GsGx...

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Snowdrops_17
Snowdrops_17 in reply to Kai--

Thanks for video Kai...

Will watch it and share it to my eldest on whatsapp πŸ˜€

Just had a look on the website, pity not too much info on there sadly, but i shall ask my son Kai 😊

medicalnewstoday.com/articl...

Found this too! It is not suitable for everybody, if you suffer from mentioned health conditions in this article. Mine from Holland and Barrett is gluten free. . Anyway time for tea and flakes and heart meds again.

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Snowdrops_17

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Very good to know. Much appreciated, 4️⃣4️⃣7️⃣5οΈβƒ£πŸ”Ÿ. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Noted from segment, Are there any risks? ( medicalnewstoday.com/articl... ):

. . ."Despite all the benefits that nutritional yeast may offer, this supplement is not suitable for everyone. Researchers have recommended that individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), glaucoma, and hypertension avoid using nutritional yeast because it could make their symptoms worse.

People with a yeast sensitivity or allergy should also take care to avoid any exposure to nutritional yeast.

In addition, some researchers say that people with a higher risk of gout may want to avoid nutritional yeast."

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Snowdrops_17
Snowdrops_17 in reply to Kai--

Hm yes, you got to check it out to ensure its right for you as an individual. I shall see how it goes for me πŸ˜€

Its really nice in my Minestrone Soup, can recommed. 😊😁 glad i bought this today.

I've tried Asda's 'Free from' vegan cheese and its taste is acceptable, and works great in a toasted sandwich with rocket and beetroot! I have also tried the Koko dairy-free Cheddar but there's a prominent coconut odour/taste, so it's not for me.

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Flyingred

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Ahh . . . thank you kindly, Flyingred ( ✈️ πŸ”΄ ) . . . . . . πŸ™ 😌

Will pass along Asda's 'Free from' vegan cheese ( groceries.asda.com/shelf/lo... ) & give heads up about coconut smell πŸ₯₯β€¦πŸ‘ƒ of Koko dairy-free Cheddar ( kokodairyfree.com/product_s... ). πŸ‘πŸ‘

Much appreciated, ✈️ πŸ”΄ . . . . . . ☺️ πŸ™ πŸ€ 🌺 🌞

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