Information for patients, their families and helpers
Diet: Cheese alternatives
A number of cheese alternatives are available. These are designed for people who want to avoid eating dairy products, and are often intended for people who want to avoid eating any animal products (vegans) - but that means they are also safe for adult Refsum's disease patients to eat (provided they are also nut free). They are usually based on soya.
The Vegan Society's website gives more information on buying cheese alternatives, and also recipes both for using vegan cheese and for making your own cheese alternatives from basic ingredients.
Biddy Merkins (+44 (0)1248 422011) - Vegerella
Flavours: Cheddar style, Italian style, Mexican style.
Availability: In the UK, it is available from independent health food shops, Planet Organic and Marigold Health Food (020 7388 4515). Sold under the Yakso brand elsewhere in Europe. (It is not possible to order direct from Biddy Merkins.)
Fayrefield Foods Ltd (+44 (0)1270 589311) - Swedish Soft
Availability: Available only the UK, only in Sainsburys supermarkets.
Isle of Bute Foods Ltd (+44 (0)1700 505357) - Scheese
Flavours: Blue flavour, Cheddar style, Cheddar style with chives, Cheshire style, Edam style, Gouda style, Hickory smoked flavour (Cheddar style), Mozzarella style.
Availability: They are available in Sweden, Germany, Holland, Finland, Slovenia, Ireland and the UK. The manufacturers do not supply individual customers or shops directly, but on request will provide contact details of your nearest wholesale supplier, who may be able to help.
MH Foods (+44 (0)1322 337711) - Florentino Parmazano
Flavours: Parmesan style seasoning.
Availability: Retailed mainly in the UK, via health food stores and major supermarkets, and also in some other European countries, and Australia. Available online from the manufacturers's shopping site.
Redwood Wholefood Company Ltd (+44 (0)1536 400557) - Cheezly
Flavours: Mozzarella style, Gouda style, Edam style, Cheddar style slices, Garlic & herb flavoured, Nacho style, added bacon style pieces, Mature Cheddar style (white and red).
Availability: Available in the UK, through supermarkets and health food shops, and online from the manufacturer's website (deliveries to UK mainland only). Also a few outlets elsewhere in Europe.
Road's End Organics (+1 (802) 888-4130) - Chreese
Flavours: Mac & chreese (pasta cheese sauce style product), Nacho chreese dips, dry chreese powder (Cheddar, Mozzarella, gluten free Cheddar and gluten free Alfredo Style).
Availability: Retailed in the US. Available online via the manufacturers' website - US, Canada, Australia, NZ, Netherlands.
Tofutti (+44 (0)208 8614443) - Soft cheese
Flavours: 'Better Than Cream Cheese': Plain, French Onion, Herbs & Chives, Smoked Salmon, Garlic & Herb, Garden Veggie, Creamed Spinach and Broccoli Cheddar.
'Soy-Cheese Slices': Mozzarella, American, and Roasted Garlic.
Availability: Tofutti products are sold in Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates, - as well as in the US, where Tofutti is based.
Page last updated 26 June 2006