Friday, 23 February 2018

My Thoughts On Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative

Why Dairy-Free?

In many of my online bio sections I describe myself as a pseudo-vegetarian. I used to be fully vegetarian from 2011-2013 but started eating animal meat again after two years. I learned a lot of new recipes, ingredients and cooking methods during those years and continue to eat many of these foods...along with animal protein...therefore my self-titled 'pseudo-vegetarian'. 

Over the last 6-months or so I have been toying with the idea of eliminating dairy out of my diet - yes even cheese! My research on the animal industry and its effects on our health has steered me in this direction. The fact that humans are the only mammal that continues to drink milk past infancy, when we no longer need it to grow fast and strong, is a weird practice. In addition, many people are sensitive or intolerant to lactose in cows milk, which to me is an indicator that maybe we should not be consuming it past infancy. I also consider what the animal industry has to do to milking cows to keep them producing milk as disturbing and hard to digest. 

I would love to just boycott the whole animal industry and go vegan, however, like many people I struggle with the idea. I enjoy eating meat, even though I know the negatives associated with that. As I find more and more products on the market that make the transition easier, I am considering it more often. Which brings me to this post. I have been experimenting with different vegan dairy alternatives and would like to share my thoughts on them as I discover them.

The Product: Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative in Peach

Daiya Foods is a company that produces dairy-free vegan alternatives free from common allergens such as soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts, fish and shellfish. Their products can be found in most groceries stores, usually in the natural foods section. 

They recently put on the market a new line of dairy-free Greek style yogurt, which I had to try since I've been looking to replace dairy in my diet! My local Loblaw carried three flavors: peach (which is the one I grabbed), blueberry and strawberry. 

My Review

The packaging is nice and advertises that it is dairy free, soy free and contains 8g of plant protein. It also notes that it is manufactured in Vancouver BC and is certified vegan by Vegan Action

The texture once mixed is similar to dairy based yogurt though it was a bit thick before stirring it up. The colour is a pale orange with smalls pieces of peach fruit in it. The taste was a little bit artificial and to sweet for me personally. Considering that there is 13 grams of sugar in this one cup it is not the healthiest snack, however in comparison to Activia Peach Yogurt it has less sugar (about 4g less) and double the protein. The Daiya yogurt also has a higher amount of saturated fat due to the use of coconut cream as an ingredient. 

"Filtered water, peach fruit preparation (diced peaches, cane sugar, water, tapioca starch, pectin, tumeric and annatto (colour), lemon juice concentrate), coconut cream, pea protein isolate, cane sugar, creamed coconut, chicory root extract, potato starch, vegan natural flavors, lactic acid (vegan), titanium dioxide, lemon juice concentrate, locust bean gum, pectin, guar gum, sea salt and bacterial cultures."  
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 150g; Calories 150; Fat 5g (Saturated 4g, Trans 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 105mg; Carbohydrates 20g (Fibre 3g, Sugars 13g); Protein 8g; Vitamin C 35%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10%
I am curious to try the blueberry flavoured Daiya yogurt. Based off my experience with the peach flavour, I would recommend this yogurt is best used along with some granola, chia seeds or an oat parfait, to add more substance and reduce the overly sweet flavour. While their food are refined and processed, I find Daiya is a good company that produces vegan diary-free alternatives. I have also tried their Alfredo Cheezy Mac (loved it!) and have their meatless pizza in my freezer which I have yet to try. 

Let me know your thoughts on Daiya. Which Daiya products have you tried and loved? Any other vegan dairy-free brands you recommend? Comment below! 

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