Frequently Asked Questions

+What is your Modified Food Starch derived from?

  • The modified food starch in our Soy-Free Slices & Blocks is derived from corn and potato.
  • The modified food starch in our Soy-Free Shreds is made using corn and potato.
  • The soy-based Made-with-Organic cheese blocks do not contain any modified food starch.
  • The modified food starch in our Parmesan Style Shredded cheese is made using potatoes
  • The modified food starch in our Parmesan Style Grated cheese is made using potatoes and corn

+What is Carrageenan and is it safe?

We know that our customers expect us to use only the highest quality and healthiest ingredients available, and we do everything we can to meet those expectations. We feel confident in the ingredients we use and their alignment with our mission to make clean, healthy vegan foods.

Carrageenan is an ingredient derived from red seaweed that works as a thickener in foods. It is essential for the texture of VeganEgg and some of our cheeses.

Based on our extensive independent research, we have found that most of the concerns being raised about carrageenan are based on studies of “degraded” carrageenan, or poligeenan, and not the food-grade carrageenan that we use. Also, the most recent studies of food-grade carrageenan and the studies of carrageenan on humans showed no inflammatory or toxic impact on human intestinal cells. A summary of our research is available here. Of course, if you have a sensitivity or intolerance to carrageenan, we do not recommend eating it.

+I’ve heard that Canola Oil is bad for you. Why do you use it in your products?

We take the quality of our ingredients very seriously and only use ingredients which are aligned with our mission to produce wholesome, pure foods. Canola oil is completely safe for human consumption, and the canola oil we use in our products, unlike most canola oil, is not genetically modified (GM). Health-conscious consumers should be aware that most of the canola oil currently on store shelves is modified to be herbicide resistant (herbicide-resistant GM canola or Roundup Ready Canola was introduced in 1995) and, unless the oil is verified non-GMO by a third party like the Non-GMO Project, an ingredient listing of “canola oil” or even “non-GMO canola oil” should be considered GM or possibly contaminated with GM material.

Also, we only use expeller-pressed canola oil, which is not solvent-extracted like most canola oil is. Most canola oil is extracted from the seed using hexane, and during this process, is exposed to high temperatures. Expeller-pressed canola oil, however, is not exposed to this heat and better maintains the integrity of its fatty acid profile. Expeller-pressed, non-GMO canola oil is a rare and premium oil, but our research has shown us that this is the only canola oil that is up to our, and our customers’, standards.

+Why do you use Palm Oil?

We are very aware of the deforestation of thousands of acres of orangutan habitat in Southeast Asia for palm oil farms. We’re very mindful about where our Palm Oil comes from and only use palm oil from certified Rainforest Alliance (RA) farms (not to be confused with RSPO certified).

We source our Palm Oil from sustainable, family-owned cooperative farms in Central and South America, which are not orangutan habitats. We work with our suppliers and Rainforest Alliance to verify that the palm oil we use does not contribute to the suffering of any animals. We also make sure none of the farms we purchase from are contributing to deforestation. We are passionate about the ethical nature of our ingredients and devote resources to educating the public on palm oil farming.

You can find out more about our palm oil here.

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