Ever eaten a vegan? No me neither. I don’t know what they taste like but I’d probably be allergic to vegans since they consume a lot of nuts to get protein into their diets.

Joking aside, this new dairy and soya free cheese from VioLife, discovered in my local Morrisons, is probably the best freefrom cheese I’ve ever tasted.

I have always been of the opinion, having eaten real cheese before, that if you’re allergic to cheese the freefrom fake cheeses are best avoided. I’ve always found them very disappointing when compared to the real thing.

With the exception of a few. I love Mozzarizella but cannot find it anywhere in the shops and only available on vegan websites which have delivery charges and I don’t want to order enough to make the order worth my while.

So to discover a dairy free cheese in the Morrisons near where I work has been a godsend. I really enjoy it. It tastes a bit like a very mild cheddar or Edam cheese to me. It’s not your mature cheddar by a long way but it’s pretty good on crackers with chutney or even just scoffed from straight from the pack…

Dairy and soya free vegan cheese

I have tried the VioLife Original’ which is the only one I’ve seen in the shops. You can find it in the cheese section in Morrisons and I think Holland & Barrett stock it in stores and online too.

to find out what other vegan cheese and products they make.

So how do they make it and what are the ingredients?

VioLife original contains: Water, coconut oil (23%), Modified starch, starch, sea salt, vegan flavour, polyphenol, colour – b-carotene.

Not a massive ingredient list but two things worry me. The vegan flarour and polyphenols.
I have asked for back on what exactly their vegan flavour is made from, apart from real vegans.

And if you’re wondering what polyphenol is, it’s a generic term for the several thousand plant-based molecules that have antioxidant properties. The health benefits of antioxidants are well known and polyphenols are also helpful for regulating enzyme function and stimulating cell receptors.

I’m not sure I’d recognise a polyphenol if I came across one and I do live by the general ethos, if Granny wouldn’t recognise it, don’t eat it, but I don’t seem to react to this cheese.

I am treating it like a special reward. I am not eating it all the time, though you can buy a few at a time as the shelf life is fairly good. Is this good or bad? I’m not sure, though cheese lasts fairly well when wrapped in the fridge.

But most of all, do try this dairy free cheese. It’s pretty good just eaten from the pack and also melts on toast. Not cooked with it so far but I’m a lazy cook.

Have you tried this cheese? Have you ever tried a vegan? What are they made from and what do they taste like? I will be updating this blog with an explanation of what vegan flavouring if I can get hold of VioLife to find out.




An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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