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      12.11.2009 07:52
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      Why not give soya a try?

      There are so many reasons to give soya milk a try, ranging from being lactose intolerant to being a vegan, and more and more people seem to be drinking soya milk nowadays. As for me, I am a vegetarian rather than a vegan and I do eat cheese but I also try to reduce the amount of dairy products I have as I disagree with the way the dairy industry functions. Therefore a few years ago I decided to try using soya milk instead of regular milk. I haven't regretted this decision at all.

      There are many different types of soya milk and many different flavours as well. For a special treat it's nice to get the chocolate kind but for every day use you'll want either the plain unsweetened or else the sweetened kind. I personally prefer the unsweetened but I know many people who like the sweetened. In fact, I alternate at work bringing in soya milk with another woman, and as she prefers sweetened I get that for work. I find sweetened soya milk is fine in tea and hot chocolate, but I really prefer the unsweetened for cooking (i.e. making savory things like mashed potatoes or cheese sauce with). I also like the unsweetened on my breakfast cereal as I find the sweetened stuff is a bit too sickly for me.

      One thing to watch out for is that a lot of soya milk is made using genetically modified beans, so if this is a concern for you then read the label carefully. Prices range from 60p for the Tesco Value Unsweetened (which I find very acceptable in its taste and consistency but which isn't marked as non-GM) up to £1.50 for organic non-GM Provamel (which also tastes great).

      I would say that soya milk is an acquired taste so I wouldn't worry if your first reaction to it is "yuck". Most of my friends who have tasted it for the first time find it rather chalky and unpleasant to be honest. But really this stuff will grow on you and after about a week you'll most likely be just fine with it. At least, that's what happened to me so I would say stick with it if you can.

      There has been some controversy over the health effects of soya. Some scientists have said that it acts as a pseudo-estrogen and can interfere with thyroid function if you have too much. Other scientists point out that loads of soya is consumed in the far east particularly in Japan where the life expectancy is highest in the world. You'll have to read up on that if you're interested and make your own decision but personally I believe that unless you have an underlying thyroid disorder soya milk is very healthy. It also is known to lower cholesterol.

      Personally my experiment with soya milk has been successful as I take it every day now on cereal, in tea, in porridge, and in all recipes using milk. It also makes lovely fluffy cakes and biscuits - yum!

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        20.07.2009 17:22

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        Quite frankly it's all down to taste and values. I hate the taste of milk - after drinking soya milk now for over 17 years I love it and will consume vast quantities. I can smell and taste fat in cow's milk which is meant for cows, not humans. Even my cats like my milk ... I don't buy the sweetened but the unsweetened and use it daily in my cooking. I am a lythe 8 stone veggie who has a very good and balanced diet. I wont get symptoms associated with a high milk diet when I start the menopause. My son is also a very strict veggie and is a strapping lad of 12 and 5.ft 4! If you don't like it don't have it, if you have values, stick to it and you will love it!

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        11.07.2009 18:25

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        I get quite irritated when some organisations pop up with its theories of the health advantages and disadvantages of soya products. Considering that the vast majority of food and drinks produced in the world are so over processed, its little wonder most people no longer listen to the latest diatribe coming from doctors and other professionals. Who are initially funded by the pharmaceutical and food companies who only interest is to make money at the expense of human health. Nothing wrong with soya as long as it is produced organically, considering the Chinese/Japanese have been eating soy products for a considerable period of time; they tend not to be suffering as much as those living in the "West" who's diet tend to be high in saturated fat. Cow's milk is for calves not for human consumption and I am not a vegetarian!

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        01.07.2009 15:40
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        use in place of cow milk for hot drinks, cereals, cooking or on its own

        The main point I think people would find useful is that there are so many different soya milks out there and the vary a LOT in terms of price, taste, sweetness, consistency, creaminess and so on.

        Some soya milks are stored in the fridge in shops (and need to be kept refrigerated at home), these tend to have a shelf life of a few weeks.
        You can also get long life soya milk which tends to be found alongside the UHT cow milk.

        Prices vary from around 60p per litre to £1.50 per litre.

        I have been using soya milk for around 8 years now because I am vegan and think cow milk is made for calfs, not humans.

        If you are new to soya milk for whatever reason it is worth bearing in mind that the differnt ones REALLY are very different from each other and it is down to personal taste. If you try a particular type and don't like it try anohter.

        A downside of soya milk is that in can curdle in coffee. This especially happens if you have strong coffee and do not use much soya milk. In my experience the red Alpro Light (from the fridge) and blue long life Alpro brands tend to curdle less. There is a new soya milk called Sunrise cafe Expert which is specifically designed not to curdle in coffee, although I have seen it used in cafes and available to buy in health food stores I am yet to see it in a supermarket. I have used this one a few times and found it to be really good, definitley no signs of any curdling! I personally liked the taste of it too and felt it complimented the coffee flavour but a friend disagreed quite strongly, really disliking the taste.

        My favourite soya milk is the refridgerated red Alpro Light because it is not too oily, not too beany and has a very slightly sweet vanilla taste to it, even though vanilla is not amongst the ingredients and it is unsweetened! It doesn't curdle in coffee for me (because I heat it first and use quite a bit) and is great on cereals. For savoury cooking I use a cheaper alternative as I don't think the taste of the soya milk is so important for things like cheese sauce.

        It's also worth pointing out (especially for those drinking soya milk for health reasons) that the amount of calories varies significantly between the different soya milks, some contain sugar, others are sweetened with apple juice and some are unsweetened.

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          28.05.2009 10:31
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          If you've not tried it for a while - give it a go.

          Where would I be without soya milk?


          Having been a vegetarian for thirty years, I can honestly say that soya milk (and soya products) have improved drastically over the years. There are many people, including the last reviewer of this product, that think soya milk is (or might be) revolting. The reality is far from the truth: it is extremely palatable.


          I would like to put forward the idea that the reverse is actually true; that cows' milk (drunk by humans) is actually revolting. At least 20% of mass produced, non organic milk has been found to contain cow pus (due to mastitis - poor cows being intensively milked) and is likely to contain human hormone-disupting chemicals (insulin growth factor) which might make you question just how good is milk for human health?


          The higher a country's consumption of milk - the higher the rates of cardio-vascular disease. The growth promoting chemicals found in cows' milk are linked with cancer. These are just a couple of facts that are not widely discussed in the rush to tell us that cows' milk is a healthy product.


          When you drink soya milk, you not only bypass the health concerns of milk but you also choose a product that is compassionate to both animals and humans. Around 18% of global warming is caused by the methane from farm animals (including dairy cattle). About 13.5% is caused by all forms of transport put together! It's not hard to see from this that drinking cows' milk has an impact - a fact that should not be overlooked when calculating ones own carbon footprint.


          I write about this because drinking soya milk is both a compassionate choice and a health choice for many people.


          These days, soya milk is really tasty and you can get it in different flavours. I like vanilla flavour as the one to drink on its own. I have soya milk every day on my ceral. I have heard that it can be counted as one of your five a day.

          I would also suggest that cows milk is not a good source of many minerals; manganese, magnesium, chromium and selenium are all found in bigger quantities in fruit and vegetables. All facts are gleaned from 'The Optimum Nutrition Bible' - a great read.

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            19.05.2009 14:32
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            A healthy alternative to regular milk

            About three months ago I decided to buy a carton of soya milk. Why? Well, I'm always checking out new milk varieties while scanning for fat and calories and realised I hadn't taken soya into consideration. Also, I felt I was eating and drinking far too much dairy as I enjoy yogurts, cottage cheese and particularly milky lattes.

            Many years ago I tried soya milk and was so disgusted I never ventured there again. What really put me off back then was the fact that it tasted nothing like ordinary milk. However, this time round, I was fully prepared to accept that it wasn't going to taste like regular milk.

            This stood me in good stead because this time I found I liked it. I began using it to mix with my hot chocolates and malted milk powder drinks so the taste would be disguised somewhat by the drink flavours. Then I started using it in my cups of tea and do you know what, I actually preferred it. It gives my tea a much creamier, distinctive taste and it's fantastic in coffee. I even order soya cappuccinos when I'm out and prefer them to the regular milk.

            So now I've been converted to soya milk, my next task has been testing out the various brands and styles on the market. And there are an enormous amount to choose from. I thought I knew every brand of milk on the market but there's a whole entire other world of alternative milks I had no idea even existed. So far though, I've not been tempted to test out the rice or oat milks.

            If you're a soya fan, you can also find soya yogurts, creams and flavoured milks.

            ~~~A Bit About Soya Milk~~~

            Soya milk is made by grinding up soy beans soaked in water then straining the liquid. This liquid is the soy milk. It's sugar free and full of protein, calcium and vitamins which are added to the basic soy liquid.

            Soya milk is perfect for people who have lactose intolerance and can't drink regular milk. It's also suitable for vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs and contains no dairy. It's beneficial in helping to lower cholesterol and is very low in fat. What's also great about some of the light soy milks is they have added dietary fibre with 1.3g per 100ml.

            It's recommended that you always thoroughly shake the carton before using it as some sediment can settle at the bottom. It's been recommended to me that you shouldn't pour soy milk straight into hot drinks because it can curdle. I don't know whether I've just chosen different brands of soya milk, but I always pour my soya milk straight into a hot cup of tea and haven't ever experienced curdling. Once the carton has been opened, you treat it like regular milk. Keep it in the fridge and use it up within 5 days.

            ~~~Types of Soya Milk~~~

            Soya milk comes with plenty of options to suit all tastes. For people like me who watch every calorie, there are the unsweetened soya milks which can have half the calories per 100ml than the other soya brands. Then there are the sweetened, long life, organic and flavoured varieties.

            Naturally, there are different manufacturers producing their own soy milks but the main producer appears to be Alpro, who have the widest varieties to choose from. This also seems to be the preferred soy milk used in coffee shops.

            The lowest calorie unsweetened fresh varieties that I've found are Alpro Light, Sainsbury's unsweetened and Tesco unsweetened. They all have the distinctive soy taste but have a slightly thinner quality than the non-light types. Each of these brands contain around 20 calories per 100ml which is quite a bit less than skimmed milk (which I can't drink as it's far too watery). The long life unsweetened versions have more calories for some reason.

            Even the regular soy milks that are sweetened, contain around the same calories per 100ml as semi-skimmed milk. They're sweetened with a variety of ingredients including apple extract, maltodextrin, sucrose and raw cane sugar.

            Some of the commonly available brands of soy milk are from: Alpro, So Good, Provamel, Soya Soleil and Soya Magic plus many of the supermarkets have their own branded versions.

            ~~~My Thoughts~~~

            Having tried out all the light versions and unsweetened in both fresh and long life my personal opinion is that the Alpro, Sainsbury and Tesco unsweetened fresh soya milks taste identical. Even the nutritional information is the same so I have wondered whether Alpro make this milk for Sainsbury and Tesco. The only difference is the price. Tesco and Sainsbury sell theirs for 99p per litre and Alpro costs around £1.29.
            My overall favourite would have to be the Alpro long life Light variety.

            It's very creamy with just the right amount of sweetness with only has 29 calories per 100ml and is perfect in coffee. For tea, I find the unsweetened fresh is better as it's lighter and not so creamy.

            If, like me, you like frothing your milk for cappuccinos, soya milk, both light and regular, froths fantastically well and holds its shape. It heats up just like regular milk so you have to watch out for it boiling over.

            If you're on a weight loss or management programme, or are trying to lower your cholesterol, then soya milk is a great choice. However, if you haven't tried soya milk before, it is an acquired taste so be prepared for it not to taste like milk. I for one, am really glad I've made the swap.

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              30.04.2009 14:41
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              more good than bad

              I remember in my younger days watching my grandmother making fresh soya milk out of soya beans. As I grew up with soya milk being a common drink, I have never thought much about its benefits. In fact, soya milk was never a favourite drink of mine. Ironically, since being here in UK and after knowing that I have lactose intolerance, soya milk suddenly means more than just a leisure drink.

              Soya milk or soy milk is a protein drink similar to cow's milk. It is a beverage commonly drank in Asia especially China and South East Asia. The drink is made by soaking dry soya beans and grinding them with water. I remember watching the traditional method of making soya milk during my girl guiding days, soya bean and water were mixed in a large stone slab and a wooden paddle was used to churn the stone and consequently grind the beans. As a teenager then, I thought it looks rather unappetising.

              Nowadays, commercially packaged soya milk is made using high tech machinery. However, there is also an option of making soya milk at home. The method is quite simple, soak soya beans overnight, when the beans are soft; blend them with water in a juicer. Extract the soya milk using a muslin cloth and pour the milk into a pot. Boil the milk for about 25 minutes, stirring continuously to prevent it from sticking . Simmer for another 20 minutes and leave it aside to let it cool down. You have just made your own soya milk.

              Soya milk has almost the same properties as cow's milk except it does not contain galactose, a product of lactose breakdown. Hence, it is a good alternative for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Soya milk also contains a good source of lecithin, vitamin E, isoflavones and it has no cholesterol and contains far less saturated fat than cow's milk. Most commercially packaged soya milk has calcium added to the drink because soya milk on its own contains only a low level of calcium.

              Though the health benefits from soya milk are plenty, there is also certain health risks associated with soya milk. There is an ongoing study about whether the isoflavones in soya beans could block absorption of certain minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc. The study on the benefits and risks of phytoestrogen in soya bean is also currently on a limbo. Soya beans could also cause an allergic reaction for some people.

              Generally, I do believe that the health benefits for soya milk outweigh its risks. And as long as the study about the health risks is still inconclusive, it wouldn't do much harm if it is consumed in moderation.

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                09.12.2008 14:27
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                A healthy alternative to cows milk.

                I started drinking soya milk a few years ago. I first started drinking it when I tried the strawberry flavoured milk with added calcium (available in small lunchbox size cartons) by the brand Alpro and found that the texture was so much more velvety and luxurious than cows milk. It was the smoothest drink I'd ever had - almost like a cream liquer consistency.

                Since I liked this drink so much I then decided to try a plain soya milk. I was a little unsure about if I'd actually like it or not: I once had a vegan cousin come stay at my house when I was a kid and she forced me to drink some of her special soya milk. I thought it tasted like a waste product and wouldn't touch the stuff for years. All I can say now is I think that the taste of soya milk has been improved upon a lot since then!

                I now usually buy So Good Soya Milk. This is available at my regular supermarket Asda for approximately £1.28 for a 1 litre carton. Asda also sell several other brands of soya milk, including their own brand - I will describe my experience with this brand later but I will first talk about the So Good milk.

                So Good comes in the following varieties: Orignal, Fat free, with added omega 3 and Chocolate flavoured. I have tried all but the added omega 3 product. I usually opt for the Original. The carton has a screw top and a protective seal underneath. There is a lot of helpful information on the pack including full nutritional facts.

                The milk is an excellent source of protein and contains the vitamins A, D, E, B12, Riboflavin and folic acid. There is also a list of ingredients on the milk. When I first read these I was a bit worried to see that a key ingredient is sunflower oil. I think this helps contribute the smooth texture I mentioned earlier. However, I am not certain I like the idea of drinking large amounts of this oil!

                The milk is certified suitable for vegetarians and vegans. All ingredients come from non genetically modified sources. It is wheat and gluten free and suitable for children 12 months old and above.

                I think that So Good, along with Alpro Soya, is one of the better tasting soya milk brands on the market. The texture of So Good is soft and silky. You need to give the carton a good shake before use but even so, at the end of the carton the drink becomes a lot more powdery and very often I find a white chalky residue left in my cup. The flavour is nice though, although it definately is an aquired taste. To my tastebuds, this tastes something between carnation milk and the juice of grass! I think it's like marmite - in that you either love it or you can't stand it!

                I have tried and occasionally purchase the Asda brand of soya milk. This is considerably cheaper at only 88p a litre. This milk has a much stonger, earthy taste however and is much less creamy than So Good or Alpro. It has a thinner, more watery consistency and is more yellow in colour. It is a brand I am happy to drink but is not a favourite brand.

                I think of soya milk as a treat drink - a sort of milkshake type drink that I can enjoy with the knowledge that it is also quite good for me.

                Leading brands on the market have their own websites which highlight the product ranges:

                http://www.sogood.co.uk

                http://www.alprosoya.co.uk

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                  05.08.2008 06:17
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                  Really good for you, give it a try

                  Soya Milk, the great substitute for milk, but it's not just for those who are avoiding milk, it's something that we should all put into our diets because it's very healthy. I first came across it when my friend who is lactose intolerant started drinking it. It isn't made from real milk so it's okay for people who are lactose intolerant, great news.

                  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 75% of the world suffers. The symptoms can range from just getting a stomach ache or eczema after eating lactose right up to vomiting and getting diarrhoea.

                  Because of this she can't drink any milk which is a shame because it's a useful drink and she can't make a lot of recipes because they require milk. However since she discovered Soya Milk a few years ago that all changed so this is a really good drink with anybody who doesn't want milk in their diets.

                  I started drinking it a few months ago because it has a lot of health benefits compared to normal milk and I'm trying to be healthy. The reason that Soya milk is healthy for you is that it's naturally low in saturated fat which is the type that's bad for your body. It contains a lot of omegas 3 & 6 and calcium as well as all 8 essential amino acids. Also it's really good for people who want to lower their cholesterol as the proteins within it can decrease your cholesterol .

                  What's it made from you ask? Well as I have already mentioned there are no dairy products in it, it's simply made form Soya beans which have been soaked in water and then ground up. The liquid created from grinding them up is what is used as Soya Milk so don't worry there are no lumps in it, it's actually very smooth with a great taste. It never used to taste that nice but over the years it has improved and is now quite sweet. You can even get it in different flavours such as chocolate. It's a lot more refreshing than normal milk and is therefore great to put onto breakfast cereals.

                  It is a little bit more expensive than normal milk, I think but it's worth it. The Tesco's own version costs 31 a litre but if you want a branded one such as Alpro Soya then it will set you back by £1.60 a litre. There are other brands of Soya Milk but I personally think that Alpro Soya is the best. You can either find it in the chilled section or with the long life milks, most Supermarkets have them in both places.

                  It may cost a lot but it's totally worth buying Soya Milk and your body will thank you for it because it's so much healthier for you. Just give it a try.

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                  20.05.2008 16:17
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                  Get used to the taste and you won't go back!

                  What's not to like! Delicious! That's my overview of Soya Milk stemming from years of happy use. It seems to be like Marmite - a love or hate thing - but I've found many of the Hate brigade are judging what they tasted many years ago, and the taste has come on in leaps and bounds since then. ( And anyway, why would you want something you put in your mouth to be squirted from a cow's udder??) Having said that, I've found that quality and taste vary enormously across brands and price ranges - you normally get what you pay for. So Good and the refridgerated tall boxes are nicest. Tip: never ever buy reduced fat soya - that really is disgusting! And be careful with hot drinks....fine in tea but coffee's more difficult to stop curdling - make sure the water's not too hot. But it's worth it, kids! You'll not want to go back! Really!

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                    Soya works for me!

                    Hi, I have been taking soya milk since I started the menopause 5 years ago. I was advised by my Head of Science at work that this would be good for me. She even went to buy me a carton to try. We were under the impression that women in the 3rd world have soya? Now I'm really confused! It has helped somewhat, anyway and I have had no nasty side effects. None at all. Note; I have always drunk SoGood. Tastes better. I'd like to know why?
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                    Would only buy when it's on offer.

                    I am writing this review about Alpro Dairy Free Unsweetened Skimmed Soya Milk. I decided to check out what the craze about soya milk was all about, so i tried Alpro Dairy Free Unsweetened Skimmed Soya Milk. On it's own, this had a powdery taste to it, but was nice. I added it to tea, and it made my cup of tea taste like cookie dough! I was very impresed!! This was on offer when i brought it, i do like it, but wouldnt pay £1.65 for a 2 litre carton.

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                    My Opinion on Soya Milk. Tjhe good, The bad and The Ugly. Oh and Clumps.

                    I just had softly softly catchy monkey in my head if you are wondering about the title. Plus I couldnt think of anything but naffness like 'So long and thanks for all the milk' so lumped for the monkey twist.

                    Why am I writing a review about Soya Milk?
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                    Not to be 'cool' I can tell you. See I even said the word cool so you can tell im not. Soya milk seems to be in the media alot at the moment as some kind of wonder milk, Even in the new Tesco Ad you see Martine McCutcheon clutching a bottle like its a Balenciaga handbag. In many celeb mags you see articles about why everyone must drink it now! But I started drinking it purely for selfish reasons around 2 years ago.

                    I suffer from Crohns Disease and after many medications I decided to try and self help. I did the whole chinese herbal tea thing (vile) and then went to Holland & Barretts for a food sensitivity test. Some woman put dots on my hand and told me bluntly I couldnt tolerate strawberries (harumph) or dairy products, in particular Milk. Considering milk makes up half my daily consumption of food/drink i took this quite badly. No one was going to stop me from having my semi skimmed. My weetos just wouldnt be the same without it. But then on our next shopping trip my mum cunningly suggested I just try some Soya milk and see if it tasted any good. From then on I was hooked. I have tried every soya milk going from Alporo to Supermarkets own brand and consider myself quite a pro at rating and comparing them and in my opinion So Good is head and shoulders above the rest. So heres my thoughts.

                    Whats Soya Milk and Why is it so damn good?
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                    Soya Milk is made from Soya Beans. No cow is involved in the making of soya milk. So yey for all vegetarians out there. Soya beans are soaked in water and then grinded into. The resulting liquid is then filtered and hey presto - Soya Milk. Sounds simple doesnt it. Infact I read somewhere you can make your own at home with a soy milk machine. But if your lazy like me its best to buy it in cartons and leave it to the professionals.

                    It does have a naturally beany taste but that has been improved by manufacturers as the public has latched onto its benefits and the demand for it has risen. You can now get it sweetened or unsweetened. Or infact with different flavours like chocolate, strawberry and banana, not dissimilar to milkshakes.Oils, sugars and stabilizers give the Soya milk the milky appearance that we all love in our cereal bowls on a morning.

                    It is jam packed with nutrition and vitamins to keep us all healthy and strong. It contains proteins and B - Vitamins which are great for the nervous system. It also doesnt contain any lactose which appeals to the lactose intolerant amongst is or anyone allergic to cows milk. Nor does it contain Wheat or Gluten.

                    The So Good version of Soya Milk contains the following Vitamins in one 100ml serving.

                    Vitamin A 15%RDA
                    Vitamin D 17% RDA
                    Riboflavin 16% RDA
                    Vitamin B12 - 10% RDA
                    Calcium 17% RDA

                    As I have had to take steroid tablets to control my stomach I have got Osteroperosis in the process. Since having so good my bones are much stronger and I feel noteably alot better. I get about 1/3rd of my daily intake of calcium alone from Soya Milk.

                    There is low saturated fat and no cholesterol whatsoever in So good so if you are suffering from high blood pressure or heart conditions it can only help you. As it contains Soya Protein it actively lowers bad cholestrol.

                    It is also Non genetically modified Soya, if this is one of your concerns when buying products this is clearly marked on the packaging.

                    All in all, you cant go wrong. My crohns, fingers crossed, hasnt suffered a significant flare up since I have eliminated cows milk and changed to so good. I have observed a difference in hair, nail and general skin condition all for the better too.

                    What does the packaging look like? Where can I find it in a supermarket?
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                    Here goes my only criticism of So Good. I buy the So Good Soya Life which is in 1 litre cartons. This can be found with the long life milk aisle near coffee/tea aisles in almost every supermarket I know.

                    The packaging is lacklustre. In comparison to other milk packaging I find it drab and boring. It doesnt look appealing whatsoever. There is a picture of a jug of milk and 2 cups of milk on a table. This is surrounded by blue. With the Company Logo at the top and a few bulletin points of the advantages of So Good at the bottom. It doesnt jump off of the shelf at you and may take a bit of looking.

                    There is a table of nutrition information on the right hand side of the carton with barcode. On the back more health advantages are detailed wit a few suggestions of possible recipes. On the left hand side there are ingrediants listed and contact details for the company who produces it.

                    It is designed well and is practical and easy to use. It is made of sturdy stuff (tetra pak) and the opening is always secure. To open you have to flip up a small plastic panel (which makes it resealable to keep it fresher longer) and tear off a small foil square.

                    It doesnt spill everywhere when you pour it out also. Small whoop of joy for us clumsy people everywhere!

                    So Good can be found in all well known supermarkets and many corner shops and garages alongside normal cows milk.

                    The packaging is recyclable but unfortunately is it hard to find the facilities that accomodate recycling tetra pak in the UK. They arent common at all which is sad.

                    What does it smell/taste/look like?
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                    I have a cup infront of me merely for testing purposes.

                    I will let you on to something I read that spurred me onto writing this review. On a womans forum I regularly go to they were all discussing drinking Soya milk. One person who shall remain anonymous complained her boyfriend didnt like the smell of the Soya Milk when it was heated. Why she was asked. She said, and please make sure children arent in the room reading this please....




                    she said he compared it to the smell of urm *cringes typing this out* semen. Cue me laughing my socks off. My boyfriend has always said the smell reminds him of something but he cant quite put his finger on it. Well now he can!

                    To be honest the smell has never bothered me much. It is quite distinctive - a sweet sickly kind of smell. But once you are used to tasting soya milk it becomes the norm. Only now and then do the cow drinkers amongst us pretend to put a peg over their nose and go 'ewwwwww'. Get over it!

                    The taste is delicious. I dont know how I had cows milk for so long. It is slightly sweet but not overpowering or puke inducing.
                    There is not a hint of that horrid creamy taste that you get from cows milk, it is a smooth, refreshing, distinctive taste that is very moreish. In cereals it tastes delicious and anything you would use cows milk for it can be put into.

                    The appearance is not far from 'normal' milk. It is the same consistency and almost the same colour except for a slightly darker tone. You could tell it apart if you were making yourself a cuppa and your non soya drinking partner one, which comes in v handy. Sugar dissolves into it as normal, thank the lord.

                    How much is it?
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                    For a 1 litre carton it is normally around 95 pence. Although it has been on offer at the moment with a third off making it 66 pence. I have stocked up!

                    For a 1 litre refridgerated carton it is £1.25. This makes no sense to me so i recommend not getting it chilled and putting it straight into the fridge when you get home. The taste is exactly the same but 30 pence cheaper. Anyone know why?!

                    In comparison to Cows Milk it is slightly dearer but it is getting cheaper all the time as demand grows.

                    In comparison to other Soya Milks on the market it is varies slightly ie

                    Alporo Soya 1 milk refridgerated carton £1.27 (from tesco online at the date of typing)

                    Tesco Own Brand 1 litre refridgerated carton £0.64 (i have found this milk to go 'off' rather quickly and prefer so good's taste if you are wondering )

                    Does it stay fresh long? Where do I store it?
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                    The best before date is displayed on top of the carton. I bought one yesterday and the date lasts for another 6 months so it is great to stock up on when on offer.

                    You can store it in a cupboard before use but once it is opened it needs to be refridgerated and used within 5 days. It is not recommended to be put in a freezer.

                    When the milk is off you will be able to tell as it goes clumpy when being poured out as if it is curdling and the smell goes rather rank. Throw it away immediately and dont taste it whatever you do!

                    Why does Soya Milk sometimes go a bit funny in Coffee?
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                    Now it doesnt happen often but sometimes when you pour soya milk straight into hot coffee it clumps together a bit and floats at the top of the cup so you end up having to throw it away.

                    After a bit of research I found out that the milk curdles because of the acididty of the coffee as it has a high PH. Effectively making it tofu! So depending on how acidic the coffee is and the alkaline in the milk it may or may not curdle.

                    The best thing to do is to add more milk and it will neutralise it. Or I find waiting for the water to cool down a bit before adding the milk helps.

                    I havent found this to be a major problem with So Good and it rarely happens.

                    The Range of So Good Milks
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                    There is a new product called 'So Good Essential'

                    This is fortified with 9 essential vitamins and minerals. But to be honest I found it a bit too watery for my liking so only tried it the once.

                    Soya Choc

                    Chocolate flavour Soya Milk available in 1 litre cartons. Great for kids. Tastes scrumptious!

                    Soya Life

                    My ultimate favourite, I cant recommend it enough. It is in a long life carton and is packed with all the nutrition and delicious taste you could ever want. Yum Yum.

                    I am very loyal to this brand and can never see myself going back to normal cows milk after the health benefits I have gained from using So Good. If you are looking for an alternative I advise you to give it a swig!

                    Contact details for more info

                    www.sogood123.com

                    PO Box 202
                    Peterborough
                    PE1 1SY
                    Freephone 0800 328 0423

                    Copyright cherwaite 2006

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                      So much better for you than cow's milk, good variety for vegans, altho a tad pricier. but worth it.

                      I have been a vegan for 3 years and when I first turned vegan, my mother freaked out at the fact I would be cutting out dairy.

                      One of the first things that we did was go out and buy Soya milk. Now..i'd heard a lot of things about soya milk. Some people said it was nice, others said it was ok, and some people said it was the most vile thing I had ever tasted.

                      Well..I was scared! I didnt know what I had gotten myself into. I thought, whatever i buy is going to taste horrible. Well I was wrong.

                      See, there are SO many different types of soya milk out there and some are disgusting and some are lovely. You just have to try for yourself and see what you like best.

                      There are also other alternatives such as rice milk, or almond/nut milk which are of course very good for you. I'd have to say that I would never recommend anyone drink cow's milk. Its full of sugar & fat. Even the 'low-fat' versions still may contain traces of antibiotic/drugs and/or pestcides etc. And milk sugars are not really that good for you. There is a reason that so many people in the world are lactose-intolerant - because the human body was not designed to drink the milk of another animal. You're much better off drinking nut milk or soya milk.

                      But back to soya milk. I think soya milk is a great way to get vitamins and nutrients and calcium (MUST be caldium-fortified soya milk). In my experience, I have found that fortified soya milks generally taste nicer.

                      There is a certain hint of 'vanilla' to a lot of soyamilks which some people dont like. (My mother once put soymilk in her tea by accident, didnt notice, drank it and nearly spat it out because she cant stand the vanilla taste its got!)

                      Soya milks that I would recommend for taste:

                      Alpro - these guys are great at immitating dairy, especially with their yogurts and desserts. You can tell that their milk is soya milk but that doesnt mean it isnt nice. I can drink it right out the carton, but you have to have an acquired taste for it. Usually priced around £1.35 - quite pricey for a carton of milk. Their chocolate milk is almost identical to dairy chocolate milk. Fantastic. usually priced about 99p but I have seen it in Morrisons for 69p (or so). Good value.

                      So Good - this milk is OK, but IMO, not as nice as Alpro. Tastes rather 'beany' if you know what I mean. Not all that nice to drink out the carton, but I suppose it is ok in cooking and baking etc. Cost usually around £1.30 as well. They also have a chocolate one which costs around 99p. Quite nice.

                      Tesco own make (NOT the Value one) - tesco have thier own make VALUE soya milk, which personally, I think tastes like sludge. dont buy it. in fact dont buy any supermarket value milks. However, the chilled one in the fridge in the dairy section next to all the other regular milks, is rather nice. Very creamy and sweet. lovely in hot drinks and on cereal as well as cooking & baking. Usually costs about £1 so not too expensive (usually a few pence more in the city stores and a few pence cheaper online). beware: sometimes smell isnt so nice! but doesnt mean it has gone off, and doesnt affect taste.

                      Asda own make (again NOT the cheap cheap cheap one) - the equivelant of the Tesco chilled one, found near the dairy milks. Its also nice, but not as creamy as the Tesco one. again, its ok in cooking, not the best in cereals but still kind of OK.


                      These are the most mainstream ones. There are tons of different ones in health food stores like Holland & Barrett. My best advice is simply to go for ones with added calcium and/or sweetened ones (these usually taste nicer). And just try and see what works for you. My personal fave is the Tesco chilled one. I also buy Alpro now & again.

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                        It was the early 90’s when I first tasted soya milk and my overall impression was… ‘Okay if you like chewing cardboard’ – it was dry, sour and left a horrible aftertaste in my mouth. Needless to say, I didn’t ever want to try it again.

                        So, nearly 15 years later my mum offers me a glass of ‘So Good’. After lots of… ‘What? Soya milk? No way!’ she persuaded me to give it a try and soon enough I was hooked.

                        There are so many different milks available on the market now and soya milk has been around for quite some time. So Good is a dairy free alternative to milk, it’s low in cholesterol and low in fat, it contains 20% more calcium than milk so overall it’s great for people on a variety of diets…lactose free, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, low fat, low cholesterol…the only diet it’s probably not good for is your low carb, Atkins type. So Good is made from soya proteins and has extra vitamins and calcium added and does not contain any animal product.

                        So good looks almost like milk. It comes in a white cardboard carton with blue screw cap picturing pure white ‘milk looking’ liquid being poured into a glass. When you open it however, it looks slightly darker – a kind of dark creamy colour with a hint of grey. Don’t let this put you off though.

                        So Good has to be served chilled. I can imagine it would taste pretty nasty if left to go warm. But when served straight from the fridge it has a sweet, ice-creamy taste. It’s smooth and of a good consistency. If you are used to milk and you expect milk you’ll probably get a bad shock but if you’re looking for something new and refreshing you’re in for a sweet treat. After swallowing, you’re hit with the aftertaste. I find it quite pleasant but this is the bit that my hubby hates! It’s quite a strong taste and it really lingers for a good while. You can taste it on the tip of your tongue and round the edges…It seems to have some kind of kick that hits your taste buds with a bit of a twang.

                        Looking at the ingredients, So Good does contain ‘grape extract’ – maybe this is where the sweetness comes from.

                        So Good can be drunk straight from the glass as a refreshing drink, can be poured onto cereal and can be used where milk is recommended in recipes. It can also be drunk in tea and coffee but all soya milks have a tendency to separate when added to hot liquids so it’s recommended that you put the So Good in first, let your kettle cool slightly then add the water. I myself have never used it warm or on my cereal. I’m not a big milk fan so I tend to drink this straight from the carton to glass to get my daily calcium dose.

                        So Good should be kept refrigerated unlike many other soya milks you find in long life cartons on the shelf. Once opened it needs to be consumed within 5 days and it is not recommended for freezing.

                        So Good contains:
                        Filtered water, Soya Protein, Maltodextrin, Grape extract, Sunflower oil, Acidity regulators, Flavourings, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Zinc Gluconate, Niacin, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Thiamine, Vitamin D, Potassium Iodide, Folacin, Vitamin B12

                        It contains no preservatives and is free from artificial flavours.

                        Nutritional information includes (per 100ml)
                        Energy – 50kcal
                        Protein – 3.4g
                        Carbohydrate – 5.3g
                        Fat – 1.7g (only 0.2g saturated)
                        Fibre – 0g
                        Sodium – 0.05g

                        So Good is available for around £1.29 for a 1 litre carton. It can be found in most supermarkets in the chilled cabinets, usually near the milk and fresh juices.

                        You may also find ‘So Good Dairy Free Soya Drink – Low Fat’ and ‘So Good Dairy Free Soya Drink – Chocolate’ for about £1.08 each.





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                        "Soy milk (also called soymilk, soya milk, soybean milk, soy bean milk, soy drink, or soy beverage) is a milk-like beverage made from soybeans. The nutritional value of soy is well documented around the globe. For instance, soy protein has been found to be effective in actively lowering cholesterol and helping to maintain a healthy heart. Soy milk has also become a welcome alternative to cow's milk for the majority of consumers world-wide who suffer from Lactose Intolerance - the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the natural form of sugar in milk. Soy milk originated in China, a region where soybean was native and used as food long before the existence of written records. Later on, the soybean and soybean foods were transplanted to Japan. Soybean or ""vegetable"" milk is reputed to have been discovered and developed by Liu An of the Han Dynasty in China about 164 B.C. Liu An is also credited with the development of ""Doufu"" (soybean curd) in China which 900 years later spread to Japan where it is known as ""tofu"". Traditional soy milk, a stable emulsion of oil, water and protein, is simply an aqueous extract of whole soybeans. The liquid is produced by soaking dry soybeans, and grinding them with water. Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as cow's milk~ around 3.5%; also 2% fat, 2.9% carbohydrate and 0.5% ash. Soy milk can be made at home with traditional kitchen tools or with a soy milk machine."