GOOD PLANeT Foods Cheese Review - They are the new hit on the vegan market and promise an authentic vegan cheese taste that melts! I've tried a variety of their cheese slices, wheels, and triangles and share my opinion with you.
🤔 What is Good Planet Food's vegan cheese made of?
Good Planet Food's cheese slices are all made out of filtered water, coconut oil, starch, vegetable proteins (potato and chickpea), and seasonings. Their cheese wheels have the same to similar ingredients. Their cheese wedges have the same to similar ingredients with the addition of yeast. For detailed information check their website, and/or packaging.
🌱 Is it healthy?
Yes, and no. It may be a healthier alternative to dairy cheese, but it is still a processed convenience food packed with saturated fats (due to the coconut oil).
A common misbelief is that coconut oil is healthy and full of nutrients, antioxidants and more. And while this may be the case in small amounts, it is also a highly processed food full of saturated fats. In fact, coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat, which is higher than butter, or beef fat. Too much saturated fat in your diet is unhealthy because it raises "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease and many other common diseases.
With that being said, as long as you are eating these plant cheeses in moderation, they are definitely a better choice for you than dairy cheese!
The cheese wedges
I tried the following flavors: Smoked Gouda, Classic, and Pepper Jack. All of them have an amazing cheesy and soft texture, and an incredible authentic cheese wedge flavor. For a broader view and more opinions: I let my friends and family have some too. Everyone (even non-vegans) is impressed by their flavor and texture. If you are a cheese wedge fan, I highly recommend you to try these!
The cheese wheels
I tried the following flavors: Smoked Gouda, and Cheddar. Both wheels have an authentic and typical cheese texture. While the Gouda was delicious, I didn't get full Gouda vibes from it. However, their Cheddar wheel on the other hand is incredible! It tastes exactly like real cheddar to me and impressed me the most.
These are a perfect addition to snack and grazing boards during parties/gatherings, BBQs, or game days.
The cheese slices
I tried the following flavors: Cheddar, American, Pepper Jack, Provolone. All of them are super delicious and incredibly authentic tasting. The raw texture is not 100% like real cheese, but very close. Plus the great cheesy taste trumps the minimal off texture. In addition, they melt fairly nice for vegan cheese and are fantastic in sandwiches and grilled cheeses. Good Planet Foods definitely has the best vegan cheese slices I ever had!
🛒 Conclusion, and where to buy
In my eyes, Good Planet Foods is one of the leaders in the vegan cheese market in regards to taste, 'meltiness', and texture! I am excited to see this brand grow and what they will come up with in the future.