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The team from Veganuary answer your questions about veganism 

I really miss gooey cheese on pizza. What are the best vegan brands for melty cheese?

We hear you. There are so many excellent vegan cheeses now but not all of them do everything that a dairy cheese will do. Some are great on crackers, others perfect in sandwiches, but this doesn't mean they will also melt. And some that do melt - such as the amazing Follow Your Heart Gouda - are great for cheese on toast but, being slices, not so great for pizza.

We've found that some of those that don't melt in an oven will melt under a hot grill, so this is one tip to help you if the pizza is almost cooked, but the cheese is stubbornly refusing to react. Of course, it is easier to just choose a cheese that does melt. Some companies make a feature of this and will print it loud and proud on the pack. Here, we are thinking of Applewood Vegan which we have to agree 'melts beautifully'. Other popular options for melting cheese include Violife's Epic Mature Cheddar flavour and MozzaRisella, a rice-based pizza cheese. Asda's Mature Cheddar, Morrisons' V Taste Red Leicester and Tesco's Grated Mozzarella alternative are also good options.

I'm pregnant, and my family keep expressing concerns about my plans to raise the baby vegan. Any advice to help them understand it's safe?

The concerns our families might have expressed when we became vegan often resurface when we decide to raise our children vegan, too. It may help your family to know that the British Dietetic Association has confirmed that a well-planned vegan diet is suitable for all stages of life, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and childhood. But to fully reassure them, you'll need to show that you have educated yourself on the issues around raising vegan children and that you are making responsible decisions in the best interests of your child. If you haven't done so already, we'd recommend reading some of the excellent books on the subject, such as Nourish by Reshma Shah MD and Brenda Davies RD and Disease-Proof Your Child by Joel Fuhrman MD. Perhaps you and your family together could join some online vegan parent groups. Not only will you be learning more, picking up practical tips and connecting with people who have done what you are about to do, but your family will see that this is not such a radical decision and that thousands of others have raised happy, healthy vegan babies. We wish you lots of luck.

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Our STAR buy 

MozzaRisella MozzaRisella Classic, 200g Made from Italian brown rice, this mozzarella-style vegan cheese is low-sugar, organic, non-GMO and soya- and palm oil-free. It melts wonderfully and tastes like the real deal.
£4.50
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