Why Not Daiya Cheese?
Daiya cheese has taken center stage on some scrupulous dairy free tables and for a good reason. Vegan cheese allows one to enjoy the pleasures of dairy without the guilt or health consequences associated with it. However, lets take a look at ingredients of say Daiya shredded cheddar.
Filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, yeast extract, citric acid (vegan, for flavour), annatto (for colour), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral).
Tapioca flour, essentially a processed starch, may add an unwelcome source of sugar calories. Most people fare best staying off of processed starches.
Natural flavours actually can by law contain artificial ingredients. The term “natural” misleads lots of people.
Glycerin forms a film over your teeth, thus preventing their contact with saliva, which naturally supplies teeth with the minerals to keep them healthy.
Yeast extract actually hides the ingredient monosodium glutamate(MSG), a clever synonym, that sounds pretty healthy. MSG linked to a lengthy list of health plagues of the 21 century, serves as one of the culprit ingredients linked to food addictions and overeating. It further causes chronic headaches and allergies, fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain connection, neurological and brain damage.
MSG also commonly hides in other common processed food ingredients such as maltodextrin, carageenan, citric acid, hydrolyzed protein, etc. Here is a comprehensive list of common MSG ingredients.
Raw Vegan Mozzarella Difference
Daiya cheese offers great taste but at the expense of unhealthy ingredients.
My raw vegan mozzarella and cheddar contain a few and very basic clean ingredients and taste creamy and rich just like you would hope. Watch my video recipe on how to make both shredded and melting variations of the healthiest vegan cheese Ive ever met! A secret ingredient, a kind of soluble fiber, great for your digestive health, allows my cheese to melt, adding a cooked feel to an otherwise all raw meal.
In this case I made a non raw Paleo pizza crust from cauliflower and pastured eggs. The crust’s warmth melts the cheese instantly as you can see in my video. However, you can use it on a raw crust fresh out of the dehydrator too. It melts at just above 97 degrees F, well under the raw limit of 110 degree F.
How to Enjoy your Raw Coconut Shredded and Melting Cheeses
Just warm up your crust and top with a thin slab of this cheese. Watch it melt instantly! I enjoy this cheese as soon as it starts to melt when its flavor most closely resembles that of real melting cheese. Use warm crust but not too hot, so that your cheese doesnt come running on all sides. I like to marble my cheddar and mozzarella side by side for a more visually appealing presentation and likeness to real pizza.
Store any unused cheese in the fridge, as both shredded and melting cheeses contain some amount of moisture. In the fridge the cheese stores well up to two weeks. You can also freeze it with no apparent effect on flavor and texture.
I do not claim that this cheese tastes just like Daiya cheese. Raw foods tend to bring a new dimension of lightness. Try it for yourself and see how your pallet and your body respond !
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