Its my favourite.. but it is loaded with sugar and the quantity in the pots has reduced despite the pots remaining the same size...feels like this german company is taking the mickey ..... starting to doubt health and value for money.
I'll be reviewing the strawberry Onken wholegrain yoghurt. I couldn't find a link for it and this was the only wholegrain on the list, so I hope that's OK.
I first discovered this yoghurt a couple of weeks ago. It was only 98p and I'd never seen anything like it before. So I was quite intrigued by a what I saw. The description read that it was a creamy strawberry yoghurt with pieces of strawberry and 5 types of wholegrain.
When I first tried it, I wasn't sure what to expect as I've never tasted a yoghurt with wholegrain in it. I must say, this is truly, one of the most delicious yoghurts I've ever tasted!!! The yoghurt is sweet, rich, creamy and quite thick (but not overly so). The pieces of strawberry were fresh and juicy and the wholegrain just added this fantastic flavour and texture!
I was so pleasantly surprised by how beautiful this yoghurt tasted, before I realised it, I'd already eaten more than half of the pot. I could eat one of these for breakfast and not even feel hungry for any snacks until lunch. I feel that this fills me up enough but doesn't make me feel overly full and uncomfortable. I feel energetic and my attention span has gone up compared to eating say rice crackers and an apple. This feels pretty much like a complete breakfast in a pot and I just can't get enough!
Onken Wholegrain biopots are really delicious. They come in a wide range of flavours - something for everyone! They have small whole grains in them.
The texture of the yoghurt is really soft and creamy - much more so than many live yoghurts that I find can feel a little dry on your tongue. they are smooth so no chunky fruity bits but they still taste very fruity. The grains in the yoghurt are soft and chewy and not unpleasant to munch on at all! You can get full fat and fat free varieties. Both taste good. My favourite is the strawberry one, as it is really sweet but I can't seem to find a fat free version.
Onken wholegrain biopots come in large pots rather than small ones so they are not great for packed lunches. They are also not great for piggy husbands unable to self-portion-control! I tend to put some into small reusable jars for lunch boxes but this is a bit of a faff.
Really tasty live yoghurt that is good for you because it has live cultures to aid digestion and the wholegrains give you a healthy heart. However, not sure how much of it you would need to eat to get the health benefits. Just as a tasty, healthy snack, it is great.
Onken biopot is a biolive yoghurt containing three different types of live cultures to aid your digestive system. It comes in a number of flavours: plain, wholegrain,and fruit.
Flavours available: natural set or low fat stirred, Greek style or Greek style with honey
The plain yoghurt has a mild, unacidic, fresh taste that's very pleasant early in the morning. Unlike other yoghurts, whether set or stirred, this has a rich, full texture. If you're dieting, hoewver, you might want to steer clear of the Greek style yoghurt, as it contains a massive 10g of fat per 100g, compared to just 0.1g per 100g for the fat free variety!
Flavours available: mango papaya and passionfruit, raspberry, rhubarb and vanilla, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, peach and passion fruit
Fat free flavours: fat free strawberry, fat free peach.
The fruity flavours are intensely fruity, and very creamy (though the lower fat ones are, as you might expect, slightly less rich tasting). My favourites are the low fat strawberry (completely guilt-free pleasure!) and the rhubarb and vanilla, which has just enough zing to it to be refreshing without being bitter. The only pot I really don't like is the vanilla one, which I find a bit monotonous in its taste. Typical fat content is 2.7g per 100g, which falls to a miniscule 0.1g per 100g for the fat free varieties. Even better, the fat free varieties are suitable for diabetics!
Flavours available: strawberry, peach or summer berries
The whole grain yoghurts include grains of five different wholegrains: barley, oats, rye, wheat and wheat bran, adding extra interest. Personally, I love this, though I know some people absolutely loathe the chewiness. Typical fat content here is 2.8g per 100g.
Onken biopot comes in a thin plastic container, reinforced by a recyclable, biodegradeable cardboard wrapper - a good solution to the problem of plastic when packaging yoghurt.
Onken also produce other varieties in the summer months - watch out for their especially delicious lemon yoghurt!
Onken yoghurts are guilt-free desserts for those on a diet or healthy eaters!
500g costs 98p. If you are eating this with cereal or fruit then it will probably serve you about 5 or 6 bowls.
Strawberry Biopot comes in a red cardboard tub with pictures of strawberries around the top. It is slightly wider at the top than the bottom. Like most small pots of yoghurt, this one has a foil lid. However, there is also a plastic lid which fits neatly ontop of this. Therefore, when you have opened the foil lid you can still keep it fresh in the fridge and not let air get to it.
Occasionally I will pick up the tub too quickly or squeeze it a little too much and it feels like it might collapse but this has never happened so far!
Unsuprisingly, it tastes of strawberry. But not that sickly fake strawberry flavouring; this tastes like the real, fresh, thing.
The aftertaste is quite sweet but by no means too rich or sickly. I've eaten 2/3's of a pot within an hour before and felt great for it.
This Biopot is flavoured, but the yoghurt doesn't lose that ever so slightly live-yoghurty-sour taste and has a subtle tang to it. The wholegrain pieces barely have a taste at all, only a slightly nutty grainy taste. I think they are mostly there for texture and health benefits.
It smells pretty much exactly how it tastes. Delicately of strawberry yoghurt. Encouraging!
This biopot is not like natural yoghurt and doesn't look like you are 'cutting through it' with a spoon. It is smooth and creamy, much like Petit Filous. What sets Onken Biopots aside from most other yoghurts is that not only does it have fruit (strawberry) bits, but it has pieces of wholegrain too. It also never has liquid sitting ontop of it like some live yoghurts can do. This is probably the first chewy yoghurt I have had and I absolutely love it. It's by far my favourite yoghurt.
Most of us know that live yoghurt is the healthiest of the dairy products because it contains cultures of 'friendly' bacteria which help us to digest and absorb the nutrition in our food better. Although I knew this, I dismissed eating plain live yoghurt because it's just too plain and turned to digestive drinks e.g. Actimel/benecol.
When I discovered my Mum's tub of Onken Biopot and absolutely loved it, I realised that this is where the goodness is. I ate a bowl-ful at night about an hour before I went to sleep and woke up feeling a million dollars the next morning! Not believeing that a simple bowl of yoghurt could make me feel so light and bouncy rather than sick and sluggish I tried it again, and it worked.
This may just be a personal thing and only works for me, but if you have a sluggish digestive system that, like me, takes a while to get started in the morning then try this!
Whether it is the live cultures in the yoghurt or the wholegrain (or a combination of the two), at such a low price you can't really argue.
Live Yoghurt, Strawberries (10%), Invert Sugar Syrup, Sugar, Cereals (3%)(oats, barley, rye, wheat, rice), Glucose Fructose Syrup, Buckwheat (0.2%), Modified Maize Starch, Carrot and Beetroot extracts, Thickeners (Pectin, Guar gum), Citric acid, Flavouring, Acidity regulators (sodium citrate, calcium citrate).
These don't strike me as being terribly unhealthy and I was impressed that they have used natural colouring from carrot and beetroot.
Nutritional Information (per 100g serving)
Calcium- 98mg (one 100g serving provides 18% of reccomended daily allowance).
Again, nothing here seems unhealthy. Perhaps a little more calcium would be nice if you are giving this to your children but other than that I can't complain.
The tub states that the product contains cows milk and gluten and is therefore unsuitable for those with lactose intolerance and wheat/gluten allergies. It also states that it is suitable for vegetarians.
To my knowledge not many yoghurts contain gluten and this is one negative aspect. So beware!
Where Can I Get It?
I have seen Onken Biopot available in most supermarkets, certainly Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Although delicious, this product doesn't have to be eaten on its own. Here are some ideas...
(Banana & Biscuit)
- 1 Ginger nut or shortbread biscuit
- 1/2 a banana, sliced
Just slice the banana over the top of the yoghurt and crumble the biscuit on top of that!
(Blueberry and Strawberry)
-1 Handful of blueberries
-3-4 Large strawberries, sliced
Pretty self explanatory really, I suually just chuck them into the yoghurt and mix it around a bit.
Make sure you haven't got a cereal with loads of raisins or dried fruit as this can get a bit sickly!
Simply mix 3 tablespoons of Strawberry Biopot with an equal amount of cereal and serve.
If you have a blender and like making smoothies then this yoghurt is perfect.
-1/2 pint Onken Biopot
-1 Tsp honey
-1 Tsp lemon juice
-1/2 cup ice cubes
-1/2 cup milk
Blend until smooth and serve.
The Product Range Varieties : ****************************** Natural BioPot yogurt: Strawberry or Peach flavours. Summer BioPot yogurt: Raspberry and Lemon Lite BioPot yogurt: Peach & Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Lemon flavours. Variety being reviewed today: *************************** Natural BioPot yogurt: Wholegrain Strawberry What is a live bio yogurt when it is at home? ******************************************** Yogurt is traditionally made by introducing a culture of harmless bacteria to lactose (milk sugar) in order to ferment it. Then it is cooled quickly to prevent any more fermentation at that stage and heated again to ferment it a second time. The difference between conventional yogurt and the live version happens between fermentations. After the first cooling, the mix is not re-pasteurised and hence is considered as 'live' due to the fact that the cultures have not been destroyed by further heat treatment. The 3 types of bio cultures used by Onken are: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum and Streptococcus thermophilus. Quantity size available: ************************ 500g Available from: *************** Wherever Onken products are sold: In Sainsburys, the 500g carton costs £1.19. Company information: ****************** Onken was started in 1940 by a German called Hermann Onken. Today the same family still retain an interest and influence in the day to day running of the company. Like nearly all German companies, their factories suffered the result of bombing during the WW2 years and it took them until the end of the 1940's to establish another fully operational plant, this time in Essen. The 1960's were prosperous times for the company with a second plant at Mülheim to cope with the increased demand. However, the 1970's saw the death of Hermann Onken and
the takeover o f the role of Managing Director by his son, Enno Onken. He was progressive and dynamic and the change in leadership brought with new products and a new dessert department. This was also the start of Onken's nationwide distribution across Germany. In 1988 the Onken BioPot first came to the UK in 1988 via a diary importer. A whole 5 years after its conception. There was no stopping the progression of Onken in the meantime. They built a new factory in Moers, Western Germany (fully operational in 1993). In the following year Onken decided to set-up a subsidiary in the UK, hence Onken Dairy (UK) Ltd being formed. Yawn?thanks for the history lesson?..what does it taste like? ************************************************** I am in a funny mood as regards food at the moment, I think it is the change in the weather for the worse and our non-functional air-conditioning system in work combining to put me off my food. I do however, do a passable impression of a drooping daisy if I don?t get in the required calories to keep a body upright and alert. It was with the 'I know I have to eat but really can't be bothered' attitude that I stomped off to Sainsburys today determined to find something, anything to tempt my tastebuds without rotting my teeth and being about 90% fat in content. I traipsed up and down the aisles, growing more listless and not seeing anything that appealed. My arms were growing longer and my knuckles were about 10mm from the floor. Luckily I wandered into the Yogurt aisle before the men from the city zoo were called to come and net me as an escaped exhibit. Yogurt seemed like the ideal solution for something to eat as it was sweet, easy to digest and as long as I picked a low-fat one, it would not have too disastrous effect on my weekly battle of wills with the bathroom scales. Purely on an aesthetic level I selected Onken Wholegrain Biopot Strawberry
Yogurt. The carton was bright red with a picture of a big luscious strawberry on the front. The size of the carton also appealed as it contains a huge 500g of content with a miniscule 230 calories. This is less than the average sandwich. Once back at work, I took off the plastic top, peeled away the tin-foil cover and dug in. All the worries I had about this low fat yog. tasting thin and unappealing were unfounded. It was a lovely thick creamy smooth yogurt. The taste of strawberries was very much there without being overpowering or tart. It is sweet but the sort of sweet that makes it very moor-ish and not at all sickening. The wholemeal bits were there but were still chewy despite being encased in yogurt in a chiller cabinet since the production of this particular carton. A quick look at the ingredients revelled just how they kept their chewiness, they are made from GM oats, barley, wheat and such cereals. However no-where on the packaging does this product claim to be organic so I had every right to expect GM elements to be included in the mix. Ingredients: **************************** Strawberries (10%), Sugar, Wholegrains (2.5%) fructose syrup, thickener: modified maize starch, stabilisers: pectin, locust bean gum; colour: elderberry juice concentrate; flavourings, artificial sweetener: aspartame; acidity regulator: citric acid. Aspartame contains a source of Phenylalanine Onken yogurts contain Phenylalanine? - whazzat? ************************************* This is an amino acid that cannot be produced by the human body. It is taken in from certain high-protein foods and then converted by the body into tyrosine, another amino acid essential for making: proteins, some brain chemicals, and thyroid hormones. There are side effects to having a lack of phenylalanine in one?s diet. Symptoms include confusion, lack of energy, decreased alertness, decreased memory, an
d diminished appetite. However there are people with a rare metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). These people are missing an enzyme needed to absorb phenylalanine. The sweetener in the yogurt is aspartame, otherwise known as Nutrasweet. Now there are many camps on the subject of this sweetening additive. Some think that it is cancer-causing, dangerous to unborn babies and should be banned outright. Some think it is wonderful as it has no fat (but then neither does sugar!), few calories and does not rot teeth. Here is not really the forum to start a debate on the pros and cons of this ingredient, all I can say is: whatever your stance, as with all things not produced in nature, I would recommend moderation as the key. In conclusion: ******************* This is a lovely fruity tasting foodstuff with none of the calorie penalties with something normally so "eat me, eat me". I would buy it again but only as a treat once every couple of weeks or so as I am a bit cautious of taking in too much Nutrasweet. Nutritional info - (per 100g) ***************************** Energy 196kJ/46kcal Protein 4.6g Carbohydrate 6.5g of which sugar 5.7g Fat 0.2g of which saturates 0.14g Fibre 0.15g Sodium 0.05g Related tit-bits: ***************** Onken has set-up a yogurt plant worth 20m euros in the Belgorod region of Russia Onken's plant in Russia processes up to 100 tons of milk per day, nearly all the necessary milk and other ingredients are sourced from local producers. Once opened, the whole pot must be consumed within 3 days (The hardship will be making it last 3 days!) Manufacturer's URL ****************** http://www.onkendairy.co.uk/home.asp Thanks for reading :) xx E.
Onken Bio Wholegrain Yoghurt has the most glorious, heavenly, wonderful taste imaginable and the best of it is that I am not exaggerating when I say this! The flavours available are strawberry and peach wholegrain and diet strawberry. It comes in 500g tubs, which cost about £1 each and are available from all major supermarkets. The tub itself has a replaceable lid so it can be eaten at various times over a period of three days providing you store it in the fridge. This isn't a problem as I could easily eat the whole lot in one go, as it is SO yummy! On the side of the tub there is a list of the contents of the yoghurt and an explanation as to why it is allegedly good for you. It is made from whole milk and some strange sounding Bio cultures - lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium longum and streptococcus thermophilus. What on earth these are is anyone's guess but they must be edible and hopefully in some way nutritious! My favourite of the three varieties is the Peach Wholegrain, although the other two are also glorious. Unfortunately the big problem with this one is the fact that if you look at the list of ingredients the main one is sugar, which sort of belies the supposedly healthy image of this product. The peaches make up 10% of the yoghurt and the whole grains 3.2%. This is what gives this product the heavenly taste. The grains included are barley, oats, rye, wheat, rice and buckwheat, and combined with the peach yoghurt make for a taste that is out of this world. Back to the problem of the sugar - this means that this yoghurt contains 114 kcal per 100g, which doesn't sound too bad until you remember this is a 500g pot and, as I said earlier, it would be easy to eat it all at once! If you're fighting with your weight, and loosing, as I am, this has to be an occasional treat. By the way - that's loosing the fight, not the weight sadly! At least there aren't as many calo
ries as there are in chocolate and it tastes a lot nicer and is allegedly better for you. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! I haven't indulged my love of this particular yoghurt for a while now. As I am TRYING to watch my weight (honest!) but I think I must give myself a treat soon ??.
Smooth creamy yoghurt with chewy grains. Onken Pear Wholegrain Yogurt is made from Wholemilk and Bio cultures. The cultures consist of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum and Streptococcus thermophilus that combine to give a mild, fresh, creamy flavour.