With respect to the taste, texture, and melting ability, Daiya cheese products are by far the closest thing to real cheese currently on the market, but are they keto friendly? For the most part yes they can be, if you use moderation, but some of their products are better than others. In this article we will examine the ingredients in all of Daiya’s cheese products and rate them based on their macronutirent content and nutrition.

It is important to note that within each product type there may be some subtle differences in the ingredients associated with each flavor. The macros are almost always the same, but be sure to examine the ingredients thoroughly for each flavor if you have specific food restrictions or allergies

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Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheese Shreds

Ingredients: (Cheddar Style) – Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Coconut Oil, Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Vegan Natural Flavors, Chick Pea Protein, Salt, Potato Protein, Tricalcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Konjac Gum, Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract, Annatto Color, Tumeric Color, Inactive Yeast, Potassium Chloride. 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup (30g) serving – 80 Calories, 5g Fat, 8g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 0g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Cheddar & Mozza Blend. 

Description: The Cutting Board Collection shreds are thicker, more angular cut shreds than the Classic Style shreds. They do not melt as well, and contain slightly higher net carbs per serving. Somewhat concerning ingredients include canola and safflower oils (see healthy oils chart). Several types of thickening gums are included which are widely considered as safe, but may cause digestive issues in some people. 

 

Keto Macro Rating
1.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
1.5/5

Daiya Classic Cheese Shreds

Ingredients: (Cheddar Style) – Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Expeller Pressed: Non-GMO Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Pea Protein, Salt, Vegan Natural Flavors, Inactive Yeast, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid (Vegan, For Flavor), Titanium Dioxide (Naturally Occurring Mineral). 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup (28g) serving – 90 Calories, 6g Fat, 7g Carbs, 1g Dietary Fiber, 1g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Classic Blend. 

Description: The Classic Style Shreds taste better, and emulate real cheese much better than the Cutting Board Style Shreds. They also melt more like cheese, and they have fewer net carbs (7g carbs – 1g Dietary Fiber = 6g Net Carbs) per serving than the Cutting Board Style Shreds. They still contain canola and safflower oils, which are unhealthy oils (see healthy oils chart). 

 

Keto Macro Rating
2.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
1.5/5

Daiya Cheese Sauce

Ingredients: (Cheddar Style) – Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Vegan Natural Flavors, Pea Protein Isolate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cane Sugar, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract, Titanium Dioxide (A Naturally Occurring Mineral), Annatto (Color), Onion. 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup (67g) serving – 150 Calories, 12g Fat, 9g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 1g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Alfredo, Zesty Cheddar.

Description: The Daiya cheese sauces contain similar ingredients as the shreds, including the canola and safflower oils. Although the serving size is similar to the shreds by volume, it is more than twice the weight. There are 3 packets in a box and each packet contains approximately 2 servings. 

 

Keto Macro Rating
1.4/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
1.5/5

Daiya Cheese Slices

Ingredients: (American Style) – Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vegan Natural Flavors, Pea Protein, Xanthan Gum, Cane Sugar, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Konjac Gum, Fruit and/or Vegetable Juice Color, Annatto Color, Inactive Yeast, Vegan Enzyme. 

Nutrition: 1 slice (22g) serving – 60 Calories, 5g Fat, 4g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 0g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, Swiss, Provolone. 

Description: The serving size of the Daiya Cheese slices is smaller, by weight, than the serving size for the shreds. This accounts for the lower carbs to some degree, but actual fat to carb ratio is slightly better in the slices. Canola and Safflower oils are not present in the Daiya cheese slices which is a significant improvement as well. 

 

Keto Macro Rating
3.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
3.5/5

Daiya Cheese Blocks

Ingredients: (Medium Cheddar Style) – Filtered Water, Tapioca Startch, Coconut Oil, Vegan Natural Flavors, Pea Protein, Expellar Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Chicory Root Fiber, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Pea Starch, Vegan Enzyme, Cane Sugar, Annatto (Color), Yeast Extract, Coconut Cream. 

Nutrition: 1oz (29g) serving – 80 Calories, 6g Fat, 7g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 1g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Jalapeno Havarti, Monterey Jack, Smoked Gouda.

Description: The Daiya cheese blocks have a very similar texture and density as real cheese, and can be cut and shredded in a similar fashion. The block has similar ingredients as the shreds, which includes canola and/or safflower oils, and they also contain a similar amount of carbohydrates per serving. 

 

Keto Macro Rating
2.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
1.5/5

Daiya Cheese Sticks

Ingredients: (Cheddar Style) – Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Potato Protein Isolate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Vegan Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Fruit and/or Vegetable Juice Concentrate, Annatto (Color), Vegan Enzyme, Yeast Extract, Coconut Cream. 

Nutrition: 1 stick (22g) serving – 60 Calories, 5g Fat, 4g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 0g Protein.

Available Flavors: Cheddar, Mozzarella.

Description: Despite having slightly different ingredients compared to the slices, the serving size and macro profile of the sticks are identical to the slices. The cheese sticks and slices appear to be the only Daiya cheese products that do not include canola or safflower oil, and contain relatively low carbs per serving.

 

Keto Macro Rating
3.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
3.5/5

Daiya Cream Cheese

Ingredients: (Plain) – Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Coconut Cream, Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Vegan Natural Flavors, Pea Protein, Cane Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Potato Protein, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Vegan Enzyme, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum.

Nutrition: 2tbsp (30g) serving – 80 Calories, 7g Fat, 4g Carbs, 0g Dietary Fiber, 0g Protein.

Available Flavors: Plain, Chive & Onion, Strawberry (6g Carbs)

Description: The Daiya cream cheese has a good texture and flavor. The carbs are relatively low per serving, but canola oil and safflower oils are again some of the main ingredients. I greatly prefer the dairy-free cream cheese from Kite Hill.

 

Keto Macro Rating
3.5/5
Healthy Ingredient Rating
1.5/5

Are Daiya Cheese Products Keto Friendly?

Unfortunately the answer to that question is not super cut and dry. Seven net carbs per serving is generally considered the cut off when identifying products as keto friendly. Obviously the fat content plays a role as well, but keeping carbs low is more important in this instance. 

Considering this threshold, only three of the products above (slices, sticks, and cream cheese) meet these parameters. It is of course possible to lower the carbs by simply reducing the amount you consume. This may be more difficult if cheese is a major component of the food you are eating, such as on a pizza for instance, but adding a little to your eggs or vegetables to enhance the flavor would be fine.

UPDATE: (Feb 11, 2021) – Daiya has made some changes to the ingredients in their products and currently their cheese sticks are the only product that do not contain unhealthy oils.

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Additional Note

Daiya is committed to creating quality products, and does an amazing job of providing a cheese alternative that is vegan and entirely free of the most common food allergens. You may have noticed that the first four products on this list (shreds, sauce, and slices) are labeled as having no tree nuts, while this label is absent from the last three products (blocks, sticks, and cream cheese). 

This is presumably due to the presence of coconut cream in these last three products. Although coconuts are technically a fruit, not a nut, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recognizes coconuts as tree nuts, and therefore requires labeling as such. 

Where to Buy Daiya Products

Daiya products are available in the US, Canada, and UK, and they offer a convenient product locator service on their website that highlights which grocery stores or markets carry their products in your area. 

In general, I have found that most grocery stores carry some Daiya products, but may not offer the full line of flavors. I also find that specific products or flavors I am looking for are often out of stock. If you prefer to shop online, Amazon carries a wide variety of Daiya products, albeit they generally require you to buy in bulk. 

Instacart is also a great option to have Daiya, and/or other dairy-free keto foods, delivered right to your door or set aside for pickup from a local supermarket, and depending on your location, Fresh Direct may also be a convenient option to locate Daiya products nearby.

Do you use Daiya products? Do you have a favorite dairy-free cheese option that is keto friendly? Please consider sharing your experience by commenting below to help support others navigating a keto lifestyle. You do not need to provide your email address to leave a comment.

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