Many vegan cheese substitutes can have a long list of ingredients, lack fiber, and be heavily processed making them poor choices when it relates to nutrient-density. They can be used in small amounts to help replace regular cheese as a transition food while getting used to not having dairy-based cheese. However, there are a number of cheese substitutes now on the market that are made with more recognizable ingredients like cashews that can be used in small amounts keeping in line with a low-fat diet. For more cheese swap ideas, you might enjoy reading Dr. Barnard's new book "The Cheese Trap" available on amazon and our online store at pcrm.org/shop
Hope that helps!
Maggie Neola, RD