I'm a over a year behind wise-eating Vegans, but Daiya Vegan Cheese is delicious! When I first started to avoid dairy (i.e. quit time number one, years ago), I tried a few cheese substitutes. The ones that were not ultra-horrible contained casein, which is the protein found in milk and cheese. Concentrated casein will make those who are dairy-intolerant even sicker than actual milk or real cheese. This is the primary ingredient in "treats" like Cool Whip and "non-dairy" creamers. Even people who can tolerate dairy should avoid these poisonous non-foods.
OK, so here's the down-low on Daiya Vegan Cheese. It's awesome! Last night I used the mozzarella flavor shreds to make small vegan pizzas and made a "real" grilled cheese sandwich with the cheddar flavor shreds. This picture does not lie. The Daiya grilled cheese looks exactly like a dairy grilled cheese sandwich.
Daiya ingredients are also simple, unlike many food substitutes: Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavours, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor). You will notice - no GMO products. Many people object to coconut oil. Daiya cheese is not as "greasy" as dairy cheese, but it still has a modest amount of oil in it. I think this must be the coconut oil.
I understand the commentary of some vegans when stating that food "substitutes" are not as good for you as "real food." It is true, when eliminating objectionable or intolerance-causing foods like dairy and dairy by-products, one discovers the taste, nutrition and enjoyability of non-addictive, healthy, non-processed foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and simply-prepared, non-processed proteins (meat, fish, chicken, soy). Our diets should be mostly comprised of simple, non-processed, non-altered foods cooked and prepared simply and healthily. This sounds "bad" and tastes "bad" or is not appetizing to people eating processed, modern American diets. But as I pointed up the other day, once you eliminate dairy and dairy products including dairy chemicals in processed "food," plain food is suddenly extremely appetizing. "Cravings" are an ironic hallmark of food intolerance - i.e., the food that causes the problem also makes the person want to eat more and more of it, throwing normal appetite also out of balance. Living without "cravings" makes it easy, natural and enjoyable to eat genuinely healthy food.
So far, the Daiya vegan cheese I ate in moderation last night did not make me "crave" another round of Daiya grilled cheese and pizza today. I ate my usual oatmeal and apple and found it as good as usual and did not want to eat double oatmeal and an extra apple. I didn't think of adding extra grease, sugar or sweetener to the oatmeal. I had my usual black coffee. Therefore I think the Daiya cheese is truly living up to its name and is a good thing to eat in normal portions and moderation.