Could cheese made from peas be a healthy alternative for vegans?
As a vegan himself, Cesar Torres struggled to find dairy-free cheese that not only tasted good but was also good for his health.
Now he and university researchers have created what they believe is “ground-breaking” vegan cheese – using yellow split peas. Mass-produced vegan cheese is typically made from coconut oil, making it high in saturated fat and low in protein.
However, the researchers say their product is different.
Yellow split peas are naturally high in protein, so “Cheese from Peas” is higher in protein than conventional vegan cheese.
“I think when veganism became very popular, many companies rushed trying to create any product at any cost using whatever ingredients they could find, and they didn’t pay too much attention to the nutritional aspect,” says Mr Torres.