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Flavoured Condensed Milk?
Member Name: Torialou
Date: 11/05/13, updated on 11/05/13 (139 review reads)
Advantages: Helpful meal replacement if you are unable to stop for food
Disadvantages: High Fat, Calories, awful ring pull and odd after taste
Around a year ago I had a reaction to some of my medication I was taking, I felt very ill and could not face food. I could not even eat a slice of toast without feeling sick and a friend suggested these milk drinks to me. They are a decent meal replacement for a short time although not designed for this I do not think.
These milk drinks are produced by Grace foods Ltd.
I think these are really primarily designed as a sports type of protein drink, they have a lot of added vitamins and minerals although looking at their website they also advertise them as being suitable for someone on a diet, I am not so sure about this as they have a very high calorie content.
The drink comes in a tin that is almost the size of a normal tin of baked beans with a very similar style label on the tin. To open the tin you need to remove an old style non safety ring pull that I remember from my teens. I have to admit I had not seen this style of ring pull in years until I bought one of these. I am really not a big fan of this style of ring pull after standing on one when I was in my teens on a holiday abroad, it had been left on the beach and was slightly buried in the sand, it made an awfully sore deep cut on my foot and I have been very wary of them ever since.
The drink itself is quite thick for a milk drink and reminds me more of a tin of flavoured condensed milk. The flavours I have tried are Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana and Vanilla. I have to say I found the Strawberry and Banana a little fake tasting, not very much like the real fruits but tolerable, however I really liked the Chocolate and Vanilla ones.
I think it really is best not to read the ingredients on the side of these tins but here they are :-
Whole Milk , Skimmed Milk , Sugar , Milk Protein , Emulsifier (E471) , Vitamins and Minerals (Sodium Ascorbate, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulphate, Nicotinamide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid - includes Dextrose, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 - includes Mannitol, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3) , Stabiliser (E331) , Salt , Flavouring , Colour (E101) .
These drinks are also very high in calories and fat which again is why I feel they are more suited to work out drinks rather than diet.
Each tin has around 400 calories in and around 12 grams of fat (depending upon the flavouring)
Asda is the only large store I have found that stocks these however many corner shops do, I am not sure why this is. The prices vary with stores but I have paid around £1.00 - £1.40 per tin depending on the store.
Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana, Cherry, Vanilla and Raspberry
These are alright for a meal replacement once in a while, they are a little sickly and have a little bit of a strange after taste. High calories and fat would have me advising to drink with caution however I would suggest them as a meal replacement if you are ill but needing to take medication that can not be taken on an empty stomach.
I would give them 3 stars out of 5 because of the funny after taste, high calories, nasty ring pull and high cost per tin.
Summary: I would say good in moderation
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