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Due to milk intolerance, I have for the past five years substituted it with Alpro Soya Original milk which I found the best of any that I had tried. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, the taste has totally changed and I find it gives anything I use it for a strong unpleasant taste with a perfume-like smell to it.I notice too that the ingredients are different, with the new version not containing apple juice. I will have to shop around to find an alternative again as I can't enjoy a cup of tea or coffee any more with the latest one.
Since I started my healthy eating & fitness regime, I have been on the look out for healthier alternatives to the semi-skimmed milk I was drinking. I don't drink a lot of milk, but it would be nice to have a bowl of cereal now and again, or use it to make porridge with (I don't like porridge made with water). I had read a recipe for a good post work out protein shake, without the need to buy expensive protein powders. In this recipe it suggested using almond milk, as it has protein in it. I went to my local Morrisons and bought some Alpro almond milk, then when I had used that up, I went to my local Sainsbury's, but alas, they didn't have any in stock. I only wanted the almond milk for my porridge at the time and so I opted to get Alpro Soya Milk instead, I thought they would be pretty similar health wise.
==What is it?==
Alpro Soya Milk is a milk that comes from a bean, as opposed to a cow or a goat. The Alpro company is based in Belgium and has been producing soya milk since 1980, so it is a relatively young but established company. In a survey conducted in Germany, out of 16 different soya milks, Alpro Soya Milk scored the highest and I can tell why having tasted a few myself. The milk has quite a sweet taste, although you can buy unsweetened milk, I prefer to buy the sweetened stuff as I like my porridge sweet and I don't like sweetener, so I use sugar, and this just means I have to put less sugar in. Because this milk is made from a bean rather than an animal, it is suitable for vegans. There are a lot of bits of interesting information on the carton; All Alpro drinks are full of plant goodness, free from lactose(so good for lactose intolerance), free from animal fats and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. It is also good for the environment, as it uses less land and less water, thus generating less CO2 than normal dairy milk.
==Nutritional Information Per 100ml==
Energy kj/kcal - 167/40
Protein - 3.0g
Carbohydrates - 2.8g
of which sugars - 2.7g
of which lactose - Nil
Fat - 1.8g
of which saturated - 0.3g
Cholesterol - Nil
Fibre - 0.5g
Sodium - 0.02g
(Equivalent as salt) - 0.6g
Calcium - 120mg
Riboflavin(B2) - 0.21mg
B12 - 0.38
D2 - 0.75
I bought this for £1.53 from a Sainsburys metro store, they also have them on offer for 3 for £3.00 at the moment, which represents good value for money. This is for a 1 litre carton.
I absolutely love this stuff, I can't believe it's taken me 39 years to discover it. I had always turned my nose up at things like this, even skimmed milk just didn't do anything for me, it looked like watered down milk to me. After initially trying it in porridge, and liked it, I found that it didn't taste too bad on cereal either. Even my daughter likes it and because it is a good source of calcium and vitamins it is a lot better for her than full fat milk. Although I don't give her it all the time, I do believe children under the age of five need full fat milk, but a little glass a day is good for her. It does say on the carton that it can be introduced as part of a balanced diet from 6 months of age and it can be used as a main milk from the age of 2 years. I am not drinking this milk because I want to become a vegan/vegetarian/ any other label you want to class someone as, I simply drink this because I enjoy the taste, and I do think it is an aquired taste, it is a lot creamier in colour than cows milk, you either love it or hate it, and I love it. So go on, try this beany drink, you might just enjoy it!
I have recently realised I am milk intolerant. I made a cheescake and noticed I was sniffling and coughing after eating a slice and it's just the same when I have my morning tea.
Oh no- I thought, yucky bean milk, here I come.
Anyhow, time has moved on since my last dose of soya milk 10 years ago. Nowadays there are many varieties and it even comes fresh instead of UHT like the old days.Alpro tastes extremely fresh and even a little creamy and mixes beautifully in my tea. I do not drink coffee, so cannot say whether it splits or not.
This is the list of ingredients:
Water,Hulled Soya Beans (6%) ,Raw Cane Sugar ,Tri-Calcium Phosphate ,Sea Salt ,Stabiliser (Gellan Gum) ,Flavouring ,Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2)
Price £1.39 Tesco
I notice they do not use guar as a stabiliser, there has been adverse press about guar.
The pack is a nice design and pours very well.
Ther is one litre in the pack, which lasts me 3 days just for tea.
Apparently they do not use GM ingredients and also soya milk does not support the dairy industry, which you may be sensitive about, considering how many dairy cattle get mastitis.
Also they say this:
Soya protein products use 5 times less land and 10 times less water and generate less CO2 emissions than products made from animal protein. The carbon footprint of this product is 194g per litre.
Not sure if that will make a difference considering all the 4 by 4s crashing about round here, but it is a thought.
My allergy is now better, by the way.
It is about 150 cals per 100 mls.
Obviously, it is suitable for vegans as well as the rest of us.
Having tasted it, I think I will switch permanently- it tastes nicer than milk, to be honest!
Also,it is great for women who want to up their soya intake which helps alleviate negative symptoms of the hormonal changes of the menopause. ( yeah, me, I am having a 'power surge' now!)
I started using Alpro soya milk about 10 years ago, when my digestion became unable to cope with what most British would consider average amounts of fat in my diet. I have continued using it as my main source of milk since then.
== Versions ==
Alpro Original comes in two versions - fresh and long-life.
Fresh is the one that I use, as it tastes better than the UHT long-life version, just as fresh cow's milk tastes superior to that long-life version.
Fresh comes in a tall 1 litre carton. UHT comes in 1 litre, 500 ml and 250 ml versions, in dumpier shaped cartons.
Fresh should be keep refrigerated, used within 5 days of opening, and before "best before date", which can be up to 3 weeks from when purchased.
The UHT version does not have to be refrigerated until it is opened. It should then be treated as the fresh version.
== Nutrition ==
The fresh ingredients are Water, Hulled Soya Beans (6%), Raw Cane Sugar, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Stabiliser (Gellan Gum), Flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
Soya is naturally low in saturated fat.
It can help lower cholesterol in combination with other factors. Alpro say, "The inclusion of at least 25g soya protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat can help reduce cholesterol in the blood. Just 2 glasses of Alpro soya alternative to cow milk, 1 Alpro soya alternative to yogurt and 1 Alpro soya dessert will give you your recommended 25g soya protein."
In 100 ml of fresh Alpro you get about 44 kcal, 3.3 g protein, 3.1 g carbohydrate, 2.9 g sugars (0% lactose), 1.9 g fat (0,3 g saturates), 0.6 g fibre, 0.03 g sodium. It will also give about 15% of the body's calcium, riboflavin, B12, D2 and E requirements.
It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
It produced in a nut free environment, and is free from dairy, lactose, wheat and gluten.
If there is something about the above nutrition that is not right for you, check out their website for other versions - light (31 kcal, 1.8 g fat), unsweetened (32 kcal, sugar 0.1 g) and organic.
== Children ==
Under the age of 2 years, soya should not be the sole source of milk, as being naturally low in fat, it may not contain enough for a child's healthy growth.
For the same reason it is best not to give it at all to babies less than 6 months. From then on it can be gradually introduced.
There is a special version of Alpro milk especially designed for the needs of children aged over 1 year.
== Taste ==
My first reaction when I tasted it was that it is different from diary milk, but not so different that my taste buds couldn't recognise it as milk.
It is a white liquid about the same texture as semi-skimmed cow's milk, but slightly darker in colour.
It is, and tastes, less fatty than the dairy versions of semi-skimmed and whole milk, but it is still lightly creamy, with a hint of vanilla.
If you have tried skimmed cow's milk in an effort to be healthier and don't like the taste, this may be the answer for you, as I think it tastes creamier than skimmed milk.
Now I have got used to the difference in taste to dairy, I would still prefer Alpro milk on my cereals, or to drink on its own, even if my body could tolerate me going back to cow's milk.
== How to Use ==
For breakfast cereals, I just pour it over them as I did when I used dairy milk.
I haven't usually drunk any kind of milk just on its own. The exception to this is when I have had such a sore throat or other illness that has made me reluctant to eat anything solid. Then I have been pleased to drink this to give me some more easily swallowed goodness. I have drunk it on its own, but you could add milk shake mixture, in the same way as dairy milk.
In hot drinks it may curdle if you don't use it very carefully, and as I can cope with small amounts of dairy milk, I do not usually use it in them. However, I have found that it is possible to make successful hot drinks with it provided you use it with liquid that is lower than boiling point.
It can also be used in cooking, but again keep it below boiling point.
== Environmentally Friendly ==
Soya products, like other plant based food, use considerably less land and water to produce, and generate less CO2 emissions.
Alpro use non-genetically modified whole soya beans, not harvested from the rainforest.
== Price ==
The full price is £1.34 a litre for Fresh Alpro Original. As the best before date can be 3 weeks from purchase, I look out for special offers such as 2 for £2, and stock up then.
The full price of the UHT (long-life) version is £1.19 a litre, but as it does not taste as good to me, I prefer to pay extra for fresh Alpro.
== RECOMMENDATION ==
I often opt for own brand products, because I think they are just as good but lower priced. I have found that not to be the case with soya milk, so continue to buy the better tasting Alpro Fresh Original.
Of the various options available, I recommend Alpro Fresh Original to those looking for a healthier alternative to dairy milk, which I think is also good tasting.
Oh my word...........A colleague at work is allergic to dairy and so has this in his tea and coffee. One day when the tea fund milk had run out the only option was to haave this milk.
It looked okay, the same(ish) colour and the same consistancy. It mixed in the tea and coffee okay and didnt curdle as I thought it may. So all it came to was how it tastes.
It was horrible!!!! I cant even describe the flavour, it was kind of cardboardy, kind of like drinking tea with stale liquid from bread!
Really not my thing. I dont like UHT milk in the tea but this is worse and I would rather have the UHT milk than Soya milk! Some things just shouldnt be changed and this is one of them, Cows milk needs to be in tea and coffee not soya bean milk! My colleague seems to like it so it cant be too bad!
So really not much more I can say about this, even thinking about it makes my stomache turn...Sorry!
Alpro Soya Original Milk
Being lactose intolerant has meant that I have tried and tasted a lot of alternatives to regular cow's milk, some I really like and others are not so nice. One of my favourites, especially for breakfast cereal is Alpro soya original.
This Alpro soya milk is a made from a blend of soya beans mixed with water and fortified with added vitamins and calcium. Particularly, it is important to make sure that you get enough calcium if you don't eat that much dairy product and this goes a long way in helping me to reach my daily recommend amount.
Initially, when you pour this into a glass you will notice that it is quite a milk like consistency and a slightly creamier than white colour. However, it pretty much looks the same as a glass of milk. I have also used this soya milk to make pancakes and some other desserts, it is a really nice substitute that will work well in a lot of cases.
There is a light version of this soya milk available, which has a much more unsweetened taste and is itself very nice, it is worth trying if you want to cut down on some extra calories or just prefer a less sweet taste. For a typical 200 ml serving of this you are only 76 calories.
One word of warning. Soya milk can be a bit temperamental if you are adding this into hot tea or milk, it has a tendency to split, which doesn't look very appealing. It is possible to heat it up you just have to be more careful with it and don't add it directly to boiling water. My local Costa tend to use this Alpro soya milk, I tend to leave it up to them and I only really have a soya milky coffee when I am out.
A litre carton of this, which can be found beside the milk in the majority of supermarkets, is typically priced around £1.35. Again this is more expensive than regular cow's milk, but it does offer something different and suitable for everyone including vegans, vegetarians or people like me that can't drink cow's milk.
This soya milk is also available in a long life form and personally I don't like that near as much as this fresh short life variety.
This gets a full five out of five stars from me. I really like this and I would recommend giving it a try, personally, I find that this is especially nice when eaten with breakfast cereal. Even if you do drink milk it is still worth giving this a try, it might give you a pleasant alternative.
Having shopped around for which soya milk I would like to use on a permanent basis, I came across the Alpro brand.
This is dairy free, cholesterol free and is full of added calcium. This is important for me as I don't eat any dairy products, so I need to ensure I am getting enough calcium in my diet (not that cows milk or soya milk is the only source, mind you).
It also needed to taste good and also be versatile with food; whether that be cooking a lasagne or going with cereal. Although this milk works in a number of sweet dishes, as it's sweetened I wouldn't recommend it with savoury dishes when cooking.
It comes in 1L cartons usually for around £1.29 a carton - it was cheaper when I first started buying it, but I guess that's inflation for you. A lot of the supermarkets tend to do offers on soya products so if you're looking for a milk to try then I'd say you're probably better getting it when it's on offer if you're on a budget rather than rush out to buy and try all the milks.
I don't normally buy this milk these days just because of the price (supermarkets own brand is cheaper by a long shot) but if it was the same price or cheaper than competing brands I would buy it. It has a slightly vanilla taste to it that you get used too. Also, remember to shake before you pour or you'll have chunks of soya on your cereal!
Alpro soya milk can be found conveniently in supermarkets, there is no need to look in specialist health food shops for this product. It usually costs around £1.27. Currently Tesco has it on offer: 2 FOR £2.50 which is valid until: 24/07/2010.
Alpro soya milk is a mix of soya beans, water with added calcium and vitamins. It comes in a 1 litre carton. It's easy to open just unscrew the top and pull the ring up. It has to be kept in the fridge like normal milk and has to be used within 5 days of opening and also before the best before date. I usually just drink this rather then serve it with cereal, so I get through it in about 3 to 4 days anyway. It appearance is white, but not the texture or thickness of actually milk, it's probably a more watered down version. The taste of this can be quite strange at first in fact it may even put you off. Taste I can only describe as floury but sweet, and because it chilled it makes it bearable to gulp down. Don't worry about its slight floury taste it refreshing and does not dry your mouth up. I don't like it with cereal, but in particularly with crunchy nut cornflakes as its makes it overly sweet. I do use it in hot chocolate but the chocolate transforms it, adding another dimension in taste to it, so it works in the sense that it can be used like normal milk. I have also used it in smoothies and it taste so delicious that you hardly notice it has soya in.
Ingredients include: Water, Hulled soya beans (6%), Raw cane sugar, Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
The beauty of this product is that it's suitable for vegans and vegetarians. If you have allergies it's free from wheat, lactose and dairy. Also it's free from artificial colours, sweeteners and preservatives. It's suitable for children from 6 months to have as part of a balanced diet and can be suitable as a main source of milk from 2 years.
According to the Food Standard Agency's traffic light system this product is low in saturated fat and salt but medium in fat and sugar. It provides 118kCal and 493kJ of energy per a 250ml.
Overall it's a good alternative to milk but don't expect it to taste like milk it has its own unique taste; the sweetness makes it tolerable (I have tried soya milk without it being sweetened and it was just disgusting taste wise). It may take time to getting use to it so don't give up on it.
I am currently on a strictly non-dairy diet and a few months ago I switched to soya milk to use in hot drinks, cooking and on cereals. I did try rice milk but was not impressed.
Alpro Pro Soya is the tastiest brand I have found in the range. I buy the regular version which is slightly sweetened. It certainly tastes good on cereal (I actually prefer it to cows milk) and in cooking and baking, I have not noticed a huge difference.
Drinking it with tea or coffee is where the issues are. It does taste ok - not quite as good as cows milk but ok. It almost tastes a little like you've spilt some flour in your drink and leaves a nutty sort of aftertaste in your mouth. Also, when using with coffee, you must take it out of the fridge and let it warm up a little before pouring it in otherwise it will separate in the drink and look horrible! As long as the coffee has cooled a little and the soya milk has warmed, it will be fine.
Although this brand costs a little more than others (around 30p) I would say it is worth it. The main reason is that it tastes a little less nutty than others and is a more gentle transition to soya milk. Once opened, I keep it for up to a week and it still tastes ok to me.
Health wise it's pretty good and has no nasty additives or preservatives bunged in.
The packaging is appealing and the screw cap is really useful for keeping it fresh. It also makes pouring much easier and means that you can store it horizontally without any leakage.
All in all, I think it's definitely a good buy.
I bought this today and have bought it many times over the years both alpro and other makes as well as UHT and this one the fresh variety. I have to say that I noticed a distinct change in the flavour in that it now tastes just like "So Good" which in my opinion is anything but good. More a foul artificial taste that spoils whatever it is used in such as tea, coffee or any other hot drink or cereal. I don't know what they've done to it but it's so sickly now. I know some other brands did a similar think and sales slumped, Aldi i think it was, what a mistake. i wont ever buy it again. Sickly new taste ughh yuk!!!
I don't really drink milk at all, let alone milk from a cow, goat or sheep. Soya milk I discovered a few years back and I like to return to it every now and then, when I am in a milky mood. I buy it as a drink, rather than to go on cereal or have it tea or coffee, but obviously you can use it for whatever you want to.
Soya milk does seem to be quite pricey still. I had hoped the price might have come down in the last year or so, but it remains firmly stuck around the pound mark for a litre. I have tried a few varieties including Tesco's own, So Good and the Alpro range. Alpro is a good make, a trusted brand and usually well stocked in Tesco. You will find it in the powdered milk section, though occasionally they will stock it chilled too.
Soya milk tastes a lot lighter than normal milk, the viscosity is a lot more refined and you aren't left with that clogged feeling in the throat. The reason I switched to it was to see if it helped with my bloatedness, which was often brought on by drinking cow's milk. I am pleased to say that soya milk elimates that bloated feeling you get from real milk, leaving you feeling a lot less stodgy round the waistline. The taste is sweet and refreshing and I actually prefer it to normal milk. A glass also contains vitamins and calcium, so drinking soya milk is good for you too.
On a bad note, it is very addictive! I pour a glass and desire another straight away, which means a bottle lasts me a day or so. I therefore only buy soya milk as a treat. With a normal and reduced sugar variety available, it is a worthy alternative to cow's milk. I know a lot of people won't be converted, but that's what I thought to begin with and was pleasantly surprised.
My only other experience with soya milk is Alpro Organic milk, for which I have already written a review. Because the Organic was not nice in tea, I thought I'd try a few different types before having to give up tea altogether!
So I found Original soya in my local shop. I had decided not to buy another Alpro product for ethical reasons, but this was the only one available and I needed something! I paid 1.39 for 1 litre - I don't know if that is anywhere near its regular price as I have only bought it locally.
The packaging has changed from the picture above, as mentioned by other reviewers. It is now a shorter, wider carton, like a juice carton, witha white flip closure on it. It is easy to open and easy to pour, and beciase the packaging is lower in height, it fits on the shelf of my frisge as well as the door. Which is just as well as all the kids juices go in the door!
I approached making my first cup of tea this morning with a little trepidation. But I have to say it made a lovely drink! I was very pleasantly surprised. As the Organic made good other recipes, I'm sure this will too. But to be able to have my cup of tea again first thing in the morning is heavenly!
I appreciate what other reviewers have said about the change in the milk and it not being the same. But I think that may be because the palate is used to a product, and no one really likes change! However, if you are coming to it fresh like me, and have no yardstick with which to measure it against, then it is a perfectly nice milk.
As is it made from soya, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Although if you are an ethical vegan, you may like to know that Alpro has just been bought out by the biggest dairy producer in th US.
I have for the last few years used Alpro soya the origional flavour which tasted great especially in tea, coffee and cerial. However recently I noticed that the taste has completly changed and now it has changed to a disgusting sweet sickly flavour which tastes horrible. It tastes absolutely foul and I am very disapointed that they are still packaging it in the similar carton above. It is a shame really, as the original Alpro was wonderful. I will now be using alternative soya milk in the future such as tesco's own brand in the blue carton which tastes lovely.Unfortunately it does not deserve any stars for this rating.
Unfortunetly Alpro are no longer selling their 'original' soya milk in the carton pictured here. A new recipe has supplanted what was an award winning taste with what can only be described as a vanilla flavoured horror. It is absolutely foul and I really cannot give it any more than one star. You could save yourself some money by buying cheaper vanilla flavoured soya milks if that is to your taste. Shame really, as the original stuff was fabulous.
my daughter is dairy intolirant bought a bottle off this for her made her a cup of tea and noticed some black bits floating around relised they were coming from the milk opend the conainer and found that all the inside was full off this it looked like fish skin i contacted the customer services to be fobbed off i adv that i wanted this looking into my daughter had already drank some they finally adv they would collect the item no one seamed concerned that a 1 year old baby had drank this and no one knew what it was it finally came back that there was a very tiny hole in the packet an air had got in to make it mold on the side i was sent £10 coupons i wasnt concerned about this no appoligie no one asked how my daugher was she was fine but it would off been nice off them to ask i know these things happen but they make it feel like its your fault