Forget the old vegan cheeses and flavored chewy starch, the new vegan cheeses are far healthier and more delicious than that. Walnuts and chestnuts are some of the most commonly used ingredients, therefore they possess high nutritional density, are rich in protein and unsaturated fats.
If in the past they were restricted to vegetarian and lactose intolerant people, these cheeses have been popularized and tend to reach the general public in the next few years. The idea is not to mimic their dairy counterparts, but to offer a complete range of new flavours.
Portugal already has a brand of vegan cheeses, Yogan. The startup uses almond milk fermented in their products. All of them with no sugars and preservatives added. Despite the name, which refers to yogurt, they have only cheeses right now. There are three formats of 100 grams each: half ball, mini ball, and crumbs. They will soon offer cheese spreads and cured cheese. On the company website, you may consult the available points of sale.
The advantage is that, in addition to being healthy, vegan cheese keep the main characteristics of the animal sourced cheeses that are taste, freshness and melting capacity. It can be used even in pizzas and sandwiches. Furthermore, they are gluten-free and cholesterol-free. What about serving almond cheese to vary your lunch menu?
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