“ Type: Yoghurts „
Since I have an issue with dairy products from time to time, I have been exploring the alternatives. I love my dairy products but sometimes it gives me bad nausea and I have to stop. I love the taste of dairy products and really don't like missing out on it. I have tried soya products but particularly like the Alpro soya range. Their soya milk may taste different to normal milk but their yogurts are somewhat different.
Their yogurts taste like normal yogurt without that flour taste found in their soya milk. Infact it tastes much better than normal yogurt, it seems so full of strawberry flavour with bits of strawberry (The strawberry bits use to be bigger but like with everything else it gotten smaller or non existant). Its not sour, its creamy and sweet but not so much that it is too sickly but enough to hold its strawberry flavour. Its looks like normal yogurt in terms of texture smooth and thick and since it is strawberry flavour it appears as a baby pink colour. On opening the pot I can smell the strawberry scent wafting. You really couldn't tell if you was eating a dairy yogurt or not, if you was tasting it without its label.
The pot itself is part of a 4 pack with a different design as shown by dooyoo. It still has it blue green colour colour scheme but with images of juicy strawberries and a spoon full of the pink yogurt.
Alpro yogurts are said to be a delicious dairy free alternative to yogurt made with a blend of soya beans and real fruit, calcium and vitamins, that is naturally low in saturated fat. (Reference: alprosoya website) I have to agree with the description having tasted other flavours in Alpro yogurt range. Out of this range the ones that stand out to me are the cherry and strawberry flavours. I'm so glad they do the pack of 4 for the strawberry flavour as its the best one, I wish they would do the same for cherry. These are currently priced as £1.50 at asda as special off otherwise they are usually £1.58. Not much of a saving but every little helps.
These are nice to snack on it and I find it filling. Its a great alternative to normal yogurt, so much so I tend to purchase these even when I can tolerate dairy.
As some of you will by now know, especially if you have read my review of Swedish Glace ice-cream, 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 delicious 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.
I have now tried loads of different Alpro Soya Yogurts because they are in some ways healthier than normal yogurts. They also taste really nice so I tend to buy them rather than normal yogurts now. The great thing about them is that they are:
Low in Saturated Fat
8 Essential amino Acids
Omega 6 & 3
No artificial preservatives, colourings or sweeteners
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. 4 pots only cost £1.48
When you open up the pot it doesn't really smell of anything, there is a faint hint of fruitiness though. The yogurt is a whitish colour with lumps of fruit in it. It has a very pleasant smooth texture, apart from the lumps of fruit which are delicious. It tastes wonderful, full of fruity flavour! The strawberry flavour is wonderful and like eating the real fruits!
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, Strawberries (11.1%), Hulled Soya Beans (7.6%), Sugar, Fructose-Glucose Syrup, Tapioca Syrup, Modified Maize Starch, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Flavouring, Colouring (Beetroot and Carrot Concentrate), Stabilisers: Pectin and Agar, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Selected Cultures: Bifidobacterium, S. Thermophilus and L. Bulgaricus, Vitamins: Riboflavin and B12.
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 their 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!
When I first started writing product reviews on Dooyoo I was amazed that non-dairy foods had been given scant attention by the site, so much so, that I determined I would try to bring such products to the attention of those like me that suffer from lactose intolerance and other people trying to find a healthier alternative to milk products. Lactose (or dairy allergies) are much more common than many people realise, but its also a proven fact that Soya products can help to reduce cholesterol levels and provide vegetarians and Vegans with a much more varied diet.
For anyone who has suffered gastric upsets you will know that the first thing doctors tell you is to avoid milk products as they irritate the digestive system and prolong bouts of sickness and diarrhoea. This is because milk products are not easy to digest especially when the stomach is upset.
To those who cannot or dont want to eat dairy foods there are plenty of alternatives now on the market but dairy-free yoghurts are still hard to find. Apart from the taste, yoghurts are good for the digestive system and one product that many people miss out on. So let me introduce you to Alpro Soya products.
Alpro Soya has been the leading name in non-dairy products for many years now, but their prices tend to put people off buying them. Good, cheaper alternatives have been made in Soya milk, margarine etc, but only Alpro Soya have the leading edge on yoghurts and desserts, possibly because the quality of these products are well-established. People are increasingly concerned about GMO modified foods and this process particularly affects the Soya market. This is the main reason why so many people are willing to pay that little bit extra for Alpro Soya foods Today Im concentrating on yoghurts alone.
Describing this could take up a review on its own, there is so much information on each pack to reassure consumers that they are getting their moneys worth. Yoghurts are available in packs of four with many different flavours but since Dooyoo have chosen the strawberry variety then Im constrained to this choice. Actually each pack contains two of each flavour, with the strawberry flavour complimented by peach.
Each pack of four is contained in a cardboard package, which keeps them from being damaged by handling. The packaging is distinctive with the Alpro Soya logo white on a blue background. The words, Low Fat, NON-GMO Soya beans and Lactose Free are prominently displayed along with a picture of strawberries and peaches. The sell by date and the weight are also on the front of the carton.
Flipping over to the reverse side reveals a description of the product along with its benefits and other products in the range. To ensure the consumer is aware of the absence of GMOs there is a panel devoted to the complete trace ability of non-contamination with GMO products. On one side of the carton the nutrition information and ingredients along with the website for the product is clearly displayed allowing you to find out more about the product and the whole range (well worth reading). The most distinctive colour is a green background easy to spot on the shelves even if you do have to wear reading glasses like myself you cannot fail to miss it.
The Proof of the pudding.
Okay, give me a break; this is artistic licence (dont you just get fed up with the aroma, taste and texture thing). Do I really have to sit here sniffing my nice little plastic container to tell you how it smells? I want to eat it now! Strawberry is my favourite and this has a real whiff of fresh strawberries. Out comes the spoon and in goes the first mouthful. This is not one of those gloopy yoghurts, which spill down your front; its a nice combination of smooth and creamy without being too thick. (Sorry, cant speak with my mouth full), Ive just found a tiny bit of real fruit, not enough to call it a piece but enough to say this is definitely strawberry even without the pale pink colour.
Oh, sorry, are you still here? Im afraid I got a bit carried away there for a moment; I was busy scraping the bottom of the container, its just so delicious and a rare treat for me. Dare I eat another one (just for research purposes of course?)?
I guess Id better leave some for another day but my taste buds are giving this 10 out of 10 for full-flavoured fruity fantastic free from MILK!
Lets look at the damage calorie-wise, hmm .. 83 calories per 125gms, that cant be bad. Protein is good 3.8g, nil cholesterol, fat content is 99% Omega acid and I get an added bonus of calcium 120mg, which is 19% of my needs for the day, how can something which tastes so great is good for you? It cant be like real yoghurt surely? Ive checked the ingredients and the good bacteria are there so Im pretty pleased with this.
Who can benefit from this?
Just about anyone unless you are one of the rare people who are allergic to Soya beans. For those of us with dairy allergies its a real treat. For vegetarians and Vegans its much easier than peering at labels to make sure it doesnt contain any animal products. Even babies as young as six months old can make this part of their diet, now that is reassuring for mums everywhere.
In case you wondering if you have to eat these quick there is a long sell-by date on these yoghurts, my current pack was bought three days ago and the use by date is 22/12/2005, not that they will last that long though, if not for the price Id have one of these every day.
This is the stumbling block that keeps these a rare treat for me at £1.49 per pack of four I just cant afford them every day. Maybe sometime in the future the price will go down but like many a cheap alternative to the best product on the market Alpro Soya are consistently good quality and that is what you are paying for.
Eat them on their own (sturdy enough to go into a lunchbox); add them to cereals for extra taste, add to fresh fruit for even more goodness, use with pureed fruit for babies or substitute them instead of that calories laden bar of chocolate. They taste good, are good for your health and are quick and convenient, what more can you ask for?
Further details can be found on www.alprosoya.co.uk. Along with other flavour combinations and tips on how to stay healthy.
Thanks for reading
Ingredients: Water, Fruits (Strawberry) (9.4%), Hulled Soya Beans (7.6%), Sugar, Fructose-Glucose Syrup, Rice Syrup, Modified Maize Starch, Tri-calcium Phosphate, Fruit and Plant Extracts, Stabilisers: Pectin, Agar, Acidity, Regulator: Citric Acid, Flavouring, Sea Salt, Selected Cultures: S.thermophilus, L.bulgaricus. Gluten free, Wheat free, Dairy free, Egg free, Nut and nut derivities free, Artificial colours free.