“ Type: Yoghurts / Food quality: Organic food „
Yummy. These soya yoghurts come four to a pack (2 cherry, 2 peach and mango) in little plastic pots held together with cardboard. The picture on the pack amuses me as it shows a spoonful of the soya yoghurt with a little pice of contrived fruit placed exactly in the centre of the spoon.
These yoghurts are enthusiastically enjoyed in my house. In fact, the only negative thing I can think of to say about them is that the used pots are not widely recyclable in my area - having an '06' rating on the bottom of the pots. However, I have got over this by putting holes in the bottom and planting seeds in them; they currently are home to some Violas and some Kale.
I eat these because I like them and I am vegan and they contain no dairy products - but they should not exclusively be left for those like me. Lactose intolerant people can also eat them and those who are crazy for the creamy taste of regular yoghurts should also try them as they compare very favourably being creamy in texture themselves.
Taste and texture
When you peel off the lid, you notice that the yoghurt looks very like a regular yoghurt ( and one of the better quality ones too). The cherry ones have a natural cherry colour and the peach and mango ones a cream colour. When you dip your spoon into the pot, it is quite thick and adheres well to the spoon. Many regular yoghurts have the addition of gelatine to make them thick. This is a disgusting thought when you know that gelatine comes mostly from boiled down animal hooves. These soya yoghurts have no ingredients like this in them and they are thick. They have an unmistakable tang of the fruits they contain and they also have small chunks of the (organic) fruit in them which makes eating them a pleasure.
'Our range of milk and yogurt alternatives and our tasty desserts are naturally low in saturated fat. Saturated fat is the "bad" fat that we need to eat less of, as eating too much may raise the bad cholesterol levels in the blood and may also contribute to weight gain.
"Bad fats" should not be confused with "good fats", such as omega 3 and 6, which may help to keep your heart healthy. Soya naturally contains these two "good fats".
A diet high in saturated fat may also contribute to higher than desirable cholesterol levels. 25g of soya protein as part of a diet low in saturated fat can actually help to lower cholesterol levels.
Our products are also free from artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners and are produced using a simple production process in which all of the goodness of the whole soya bean is retained. They provide a source of high quality vegetable protein.'
About the product:
A tasty dairy free alternative to yogurt made from a blend of organic soya beans and organic fruit that is naturally low in saturated fat.
Peach and Mango yoghurts:
Water, Hulled organic soya beans (7.8%), Organic raw cane sugar, Organic fruits (6.8%) (Peach and Mango in varying proportions), Organic rice syrup, Organic maize starch, Stabilisers: Locust bean gum, Pectin and Agar, Organic beetroot juice, Natural flavouring, Sea salt, Acidity regulator: Citric acid, Selected cultures: S.thermophilus, L.bulgaricus
Nutritional values per 100g/100ml
energy value 81Kcal / 343KJ
mono unsaturated 0.5g
poly unsaturated 1.3g
Red Cherry Yoghurts:
Water, Hulled organic soya beans (7.8%), Organic raw cane sugar, Organic cherries (6.8%), Organic rice syrup, Organic maize starch, Stabilisers: Locust bean gum, Pectin and Agar, Organic beetroot juice, Natural flavouring, Sea salt, Acidity regulator: Citric acid, Selected cultures: S.thermophilus, L.bulgaricus
Nutritional values per 100g/100ml:
energy value 82Kcal / 345KJ
mono unsaturated 0.5g
poly unsaturated 1.3g
calcium nil mg
I think it is noteworthy that these desserts have no calcium. However, calcium in milk is somewhat overrated; you can find better sources of it in green vegetables. Another fact that is not widely known is that calcium deficiency is sometimes caused by eating too much protien (something that we, in the west are prone to do with excessive meat eating). Calcium is needed to synthesise protien - the more protien eaten - the more calcium needed. I figure that if you are eating enough green veg in a healthy diet the lack of calcium in a yoghurt dessert is not a problem at all.
They are a little more expensive than ordinary products - but this is in line with all organic products. I think it is worth paying for something with ingredients in that actually contribute to health and wellbeing rather than cost-cutting on a cheaper product that is bulked out with something unpleasant.
I'm trying desperately to give up dairy produce due to the appalling way animals are treated in order to meet demand. So currently I'm trying out alternatives to everyday dairy products. I recently purchased a pack of 4 Alpro Soya "yoghurts" to see if they would make a good alternative to regular yoghurt.
The pack has 4 yoghurts, 2 are red cherry flavour and 2 are peach and mango. The packaging is similar to other yoghurts - each has a separate 125g pot and all 4 pots are joined together but snap apart easily. The pots come in a cardboard sleeve which has more information about the product.
The product must be kept refrigerated and used by the "best before" date which, on my last pack, was about 2 months from purchase.
The company Alpro Soya have strong ethics and are committed to sustainable development. Instead of buying soya on the open market they have direct contact with their farmers and they never use soya harvested in the rainforest.
The sleeve describes the dessert as "a delicious dairy free alternative to yoghurt made with a blend of organic soya beans and real organic fruit." I was pleased to find that they were organic and pro-biotic as I doubted that I would be able to find a dary-free probiotic, plus I prefer organic products anyway.
The ingredients differ per yoghurt and I'm not going to list them all here but the soya beans, raw cane sugar, fruit, maize starch and tapioca syrup are all organic. They contain three cultures - bifidobacterium, s.thermophilus and l.bulgarius.
They are low in saturated fat, with 0.4g per pot, 2.2g fat overall.
They are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and lactose intolerants, and are suitable as part of a balanced diet from age 6 months.
++INSIDE THE POT++
I am not keen on soya milk so did have my misgivings about this product. On opening the pots the product looks similar in consistency to yoghurt. I gave them a stir before I started eating and found that the red cherry is slightly lumpier. They didn't have much of a smell so I did wonder if they would have much of a taste!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was no taste of soya whatsoever. In fact I doubt I could tell the difference between this and a dairy yoghurt! It has a thick and creamy consistency and isn't too sweet. It has a pleasant fruity taste with plenty fruit throughout. I prefer the peach and mango flavour as I found the red cherry left a faint aftertaste of soya in my mouth (even though I couldn't taste it while eating it!)
++PRICE AND AVAILABILITY++
A pack of four costs in the region of £1.50 from most supermarkets and can be found next to dairy yoghurts in the chiller cabinet.
I am very impressed with this product as it is dairy free yet tastes as creamy as a dairy yoghurt does. It is organic and probiotic and I don't find it too expensive. It is also made by a company with strong ethics, which is important to me.
I've just finished eating fresh fruit smothered with an Organic Peach & Mango Soya Yoghurt, and so I thought there can't possibly be a better time to review the product.
I am a vegetarian and although I am not a vegan, I much prefer soy products to dairy. I have alpro soya milk daily so I thought I might as well try the yoghurts. I bought a pack of four from Sainsburys and although I can't recall the exact price, they were roughly the same price as an average pack of dairy yoghurts.
My first thought upon tasting the yoghurt was surprise at it's similarity to dairy yoghurts. Whereas soya milk has it's own unique flavour and could never be mistaken for cows milk, you could be forgiven for thinking these yoghurts are dairy. Whether that is a positive thing would depend entirely on the consumer. Personally I love the taste of soya milk which meant that these yoghurts were a disappointment. However, if somone is opting for soya over dairy due to a medical issue and enjoy eating dairy products, they may be pleasantly surprised at them being so similar to dairy yoghurts.
I did have one problem with these yoghurts but I will admit it was my own fault. I forgot to pack them away when I returned home and they appeared to have curdled. This was very offputting but I have since bought more and they were fine so it was my fault.
I would highly recommend these yoghurts, whatever your reasons may be for opting for soya. However I hope you do take note about what I mentioned above with reference to their similatiry to dairy. This is because if you are someone who chooses soya due to disliking the taste of dairy, these may leave you disappointed.
Overall Alpro Soya Yoghurts are a great product and I would especially recommend them to those who are lactose intolerant. The flavour was exactly what I would hope it to taste like, unlike others I have tried that taste too sweet and smell of sun lotion.
As some of you will by now know, especially if you have read my review of Swedish Glace icecream, I have a friend who is lactose intolerant.
What is lactose intolerance? Lactose Intolerance is basically when a person cannot digest the sugars in lactose. This is because their bodies don't create any lactase which breaks down the lactose. It is actually a very common problem and more people suffer from it than you probably realise it is thought that up to 15% of the U.K suffers. The symptoms can range from just getting a stomach ache or eczema after eating lactose right up to vomiting and getting diarrhoea.
This of course means that she can't eat loads of delicous foods, including yogurts. So she eats these instead. The Alpro Soya range is fantastic for those who are lactose intolerant or who just want to avoid milk in their diets, it's also very healthy for everybody else as its low in fat and contains loads of essential nutrients in most of its products.
When I was at her house the other day I tried one of these yogurts as it's always good to try new things. They come in a pack of 4, two of them are Red Cherry flavour and the other two are peach-Mango flavour. They cost £1.59 for that pack of 4 which I don't think is to bad. The cardboard boxish thing around them has pictures of cherries, a peach and a mango on it with the Alpro Soya logo and some text saying
"Low in Saturated Fat"
So they sound good for you. When you take off the cardboard you get 4 little yogurts, each 125g which you have to snap apart.
When you open up the pot it doesn't really smell of anything, there is a faint hint of fruityness though. The yogurt is a whitish colour with lumps of fruit in it. It has a very plesant smooth texture, apart from the lumps of fruit which are delicous. It tastes wonderful, full of fruity flavour!
Now, I bet you'd like to know what's in these seeing as they aren't made of milk. Well... they are made from organic soya beans and real organic fruit.
The ingredients are:
Water, Hulled Organic Soya Beans* (7.8%), Organic Raw Cane Sugar*, Organic Fruits* (6.8%) (Peach and Mango in Varying Proportions), Organic Tapioca Syrup*, Organic Maize Starch*, Stabilisers: Locust Bean Gum, Pectin and Agar, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Sea Salt, Selected Cultures: Bifidobacterium, S. Thermophilus and L.Bulgaricus, *Organically grown/produced. Certified by CERTISYS-BE-1
They are quite high in sugar but contain almost no fat! Plus, it gets better; this product is Free from Lactose, Free From Nuts, Organic, Suitable for Vegans, Suitable for Vegetarians!!!!
They can be kept in the fridge until they reach thier best before date although they're so tasty you probably won't want to keep them that long.
A great yogurt, really tasty and good for people with allergies, a big thumbs up from me!
Ingredients: Water, Hulled Organic Soya Beans (7.6%), Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Fruits: Peach (5.8%), Mango (1%), Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Maize Starch, Stabilisers: Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Agar, Natural Flavouring, Sea Salt, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Selected Cultures: S.thermophilus, L.bulgaricus. Gluten free, Wheat free, Dairy free, Egg free, Nut and nut derivities free, Artificial colours free.