Low-Phosphorus Cheese, product evaluation

Low-phosphorus cheese, product evaluation

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Walking through my local grocery store one evening I noticed a new-to-me product, called Daiya, in the vegetarian section of the deli department. Daiya is a dairy- and soy-free cheese substitute product. Unlike dairy and soy cheese however, it is very low in phosphorus and protein – Making it suitable for those on a low-protein diet, prior to receiving dialysis, as well as for individuals looking for low phosphorus products. Daiya products are, however, higher in sodium than regular dairy cheese, and therefore should be used in moderation. Being a cheese lover myself I was very excited to find a kidney-friendly replacement for it. I wanted to create a meal that highlighted the cheese product, but wasn’t in the mood for a heavy pasta dish and so opted to use sliced zucchini as “noodles” instead.  This reinvented lasagna turned out decadently light – perfect for a summer dinner – and the Daiya cheese was surprisingly cheesy! I chose to have mine as a delicate side dish to a nice big iceberg wedge salad, but it can also be taken as a main course.

The chart below is the nutritional comparison between Daiya cheese and dairy mozzarella cheese:

Type of cheese






Daiya (1oz)

90kcal 1g 260mg 15mg 15mg
Dairy (1oz) 85kcal 6g 175mg 112mg 20mg

This product can be found at the following supermarkets across Canada:

  • The Real Canadian Superstore
  • Atlantic Superstore
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Metro

Summer zucchini “lasagna”

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Serves 6 (1/2 cup serving)

  • 4 small zucchini, sliced
  • ¾ cup (6oz) shredded Daiya mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp (2 oz) parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Wash and trim the zucchini, and cut into slices using a mandolin. Season with pepper and set aside.
  3. In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Add minced garlic and zucchini slices, and sauté for 4 minutes or until slightly softened.
  4. In a greased medium sized baking pan add 1 layer of zucchini slices. Top with a layer of shredded Daiya.
  5. Continue alternating layers of ingredients, ending with a top layer of zucchini slices woven into a criss-cross formation. Top with grated parmesan cheese and fresh thyme.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes on center rack, and broil on high until topping is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 110kcal
Fat 8g
Protein 2g
Carbohydrate 6g
Fibre 2g
Sodium 170mg
Potassium 230mg
Phosphorus 42mg


2 thoughts on “Low-Phosphorus Cheese, product evaluation

  1. I am very pleased to find out about these product.
    I would like to ask if anyone knows which low phosphorus nondairy beverage i can use foe the cereal and for cooking? Is almond milk OK? Thank you

  2. Hi Denise,
    It looks like Almond milk is OK. Here is some information from a Dietitian:

    Here are some non dairy milk alternatives you can try to help limit your phosphorus intake.

    Rice drink:
    Rice Dream , original, non enriched (125 mL = 30 mg phosphorus, 34 mg potassium)
    Natur-a rice, original or vanilla (125mL = 33 mg phosphorus, 25 mg potassium)

    Almond drink:
    Almond breeze, vanilla (125 mL = 25 mg phosphorus, 90 mg potassium)
    Almond breeze, original (125 mL = 11 mg phosphorus, 90 mg potassium)
    Silk, True Almond, vanilla (125 mL = 15mg phosphorus, 30 mg potassium)
    Silk, True Almond, chocolate (125 mL = 20 mg of phosphorus, 60 mg potassium)

    Soy drink (CAREFUL: soy drinks contain higher amounts of potassium, only use if potassium levels are well controlled)
    Natur-a, no sugar or original or vanilla or chocolate (125mL = 55 mg phosphorus, 135 to 190 mg potassium)
    Silk, no sugar or original or vanilla or chocolate (125mL = 55 mg phosphorus, 150 to 175 mg potassium)

    All three drinks go well in cereal. Almond drinks are also often used as a dairy replacement in desserts. As for soy milk, it can be used in more savoury dishes. For more tips and recipe ideas, you can visit directly the makers websites.

    Note -even within the same brand, the amount of phosphorus can highly vary, for example, from one flavour to the other. Since phosphorus and potassium are not always featured in the nutritional label, it is always important to read the list of ingredients for hidden sources of phosphorus. Look out for ingredients such as:
    Phosphoric acid, tricalcium phosphate, disodium phosphate, etc.

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