I recently learned that Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese isn’t exactly “better.” Most of their varieties have trans fat in them. Shocking, I know. I typically scour the labels of most food products I buy but sometimes I get lazy, and almost trusting, with certain vegan foods because for some reason I feel like they are safe. Wrong! Even though their website quite clearly says that there is no trans fat in their cream cheese, the tub sitting in my fridge (about to be relocated to my recycling bin) quite irrefutably says “Trans fat 2g.” I also just returned from a trip to the grocery store where I perused all the varieties of this stuff; they all have trans fat in them except the one tub that is NOT made from partially hydrogenated soybean oil. I’m emailing Tofutti, if I hear anything I’ll let you know. If they absolutely have to have the crap in their product, ok it is what it is but why lie about it??
Trans fat is so “good” for you the city of New York has already banned it. This bad fat can increase bad cholesterol, cause heart disease and stroke, and contributes to diabetes (and likely other issues). Evidently products claiming to have zero grams of trans fat per serving may indeed have up to 0.49g, so stay away from anything that contains partially hydrogenated oil in it. Some info can be found at The American Heart Association and also simply by googling “trans fat.”
There are recipes out there for homemade vegan cream cheese. I’ve tried two of them and while they taste ok they don’t do well in vegan cheesecake. I am referring to this one and this one. If you find one that works well in cheesecake, please let me know. Otherwise, make sure you spend the extra 20 cents or whatever it is in your neck of the woods and buy the non-hydrogenated tofutti, your heart will thank you.
Update 9/10/09: Tofutti’s explanation for the discrepancy in website versus packaging information: “Sorry Amber, we have several errors on our website that we are in the process of fixing. The packaging has the correct information.” Kind of boggles the mind how they can accidentally enter “0” instead of “2” for the trans fat content of every item on their website…