Well, I'd vented a bit in a previous post about a "discerning" vegan promoting a product of which he'd had no idea of what ingredients were in it. Aside from my nutritional analysis/eval, I made the following statement :
"The Daiya website has a lot of words about what isn't in their products, but no info (other than nutritional analysis) about what is. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'll bet that the fat comes from added oil, a non-whole food in their self-proclaimed "whole-food plant-based products."
I sent an e-mail to Daiya asking about the ingredients to their cheese products. Here's the key part of the response that arrived this evening (and I did thank them for providing it):
"Purified water, natural whole ground cassava and/or arrowroot flours, high oleic sunflower and/or safflower and/or identity-preserved high oleic canola oil, coconut oil and/or palm fruit oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, natural vegan flavors (derived from plants), xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, natural vegan enzymes, natural vegan bacterial cultures, citric acid, natural color. Kind regards, Greg Blake, Daiya Consumer Relations"
Wow... it's basically OIL... added FAT (over 50% total calories from FAT)... and what's worse, coconut and palm oils contain the highest percentage of saturated fat of ALL vegetable oils, a double-whammy to the circulatory system:
"Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol." (American Heart Association)
Daiya's website is misleading and delusional:
"Daiya is made with nutritious pure and natural whole-food plant-based ingredients."
Yeah, right. Added sunflower, and/or safflower, and/or "identity-preserved high oleic canola oil [what the hell does this mean??], coconut oil, and/or palm fruit oil" are NOT the pure whole foods, natural products they claim are in their cheeses. NONE of these are whole foods. They are highly processed extracts, and don't exist in nature in this form. They are also deleterious to your circulatory system and can damage you in many ways. These added oils fuel the development of plaque that leads to 90% of the heart attacks/strokes that kill us (regardless of whether we are vegan, vegetarian, have low cholsterol, or exercise a lot).
A bunch of fat/oil, coagulates, flavors, and color. How NUTRITIOUS, NATURAL and WHOLESOME. And THANK GOD that the "water" is "PURIFIED." Whew! That's makes a HUGE difference. And I always prefer my ground cassava and/or arrowroot flour NATURAL. I won't even get into the "xantham gum" which is the same substance as the slime that forms on spoiled brassica plants (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.).
Anyway, Daiya's "faux cheeses" are just another vegan high-added oil fake cheese product that too many suckers think is great because it melts or is stringy, when in fact, it's a fat-filled faux food detrimental to your health and NOT "pure," wholesome or healthy. "Daiya," "Follow Your Heart," "Tofutti," "Sheese," and "Teese," and other similar fat delivery vehicles, are all products from well-meaning companies providing fake cheese drugs to vegan addicts. They ain't food. That added fat increases heart disease and obesity potential (among other diseases). That's been proven and isn't theory any more. It's been measured and is not just a statistical average or abstraction.
Get over your pre-vegan taste and texture addictions. Avoid this kind of stuff and within several weeks, your taste and texture cravings will end. Isn't your life worth it? Your heart will thank you