If you can’t eat dairy but like yogurt, you’re probably aware there’s a somewhat limited choice of dairy alternatives on the supermarket shelves. However, there is a steady trickle of new varieties making their way into the chiller cabinets of the larger supermarkets. Also, health food shops nearly always stock soy yogurts.
Although there are a few flavoured soya yogurts around, these generally have more calories than the natural varieties. As such, if you’re after a lower calorie alternative yogurt, look for the plain or natural soya yogurt. Again, there aren't many, but those I’ve found have an average of 50 calories per 100ml.
Alpro Simply Plain
Alpro® Simply Plain is a delicious blend of soya and yogurt cultures, rich in plant protein. Enjoy this smooth alternative to yogurt with cereals, fruits or simply plain.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Nut Statement: Factory: Produced in a nut-free environment.
Widely available in UK supermarkets.
Ingredients: Water, Hulled Soya Beans (7.9%), Sugar (White Beet Sugar),Tri-Calciumcitrate, Stabiliser (Pectin), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid), Flavouring, Sea Salt, Antioxidants (Tocopherol Rich Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate),Yogurt Cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus),Vitamins (B12, D2).
Nutrition Information per 100ml: 50 calories, 4.0g protein, 2.1g carbohydrate, 2.1g sugars, 2.3g fat, 0.4g saturates, 1.0g fibre, 0.25g salt, 120.0mg calcium.
Tesco ‘Free-From’ Soya Natural
Alternative to dairy yoghurt, enriched with calcium. Can be consumed plain, with fruits or cereals or as a cooking ingredient for sauces and dressings.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Dairy free, gluten free, wheat free. Recipe no nuts (cannot guarantee nut free).
Found in Tesco supermarkets.
Ingredients: Water, hulled soya bean (10%), calcium phosphate, bacterial cultures (including Bifidus and Acidophilus). Produced in France for Tesco Stores.
Nutrition Information per 100ml: 46 calories, 4.6g protein, 1.0g carbohydrate, 0.7g sugars, 2.6g fat, 0.4g saturates, 0.1g fibre, trace salt, 120.0mg calcium.
Provamel Organic Natural Soya Yofu
Provamel's bio organic, thick, creamy alternative to yogurt is perfect for people who favour organic produce, follow vegetarian or vegan diets, have lactose intolerance or cow's milk protein allergy or simply those who desire a healthy, varied, enjoyable diet.
Provamel®, part of the Alpro brand, is available solely and exclusively from independent health food stores and organic supermarkets.
Ingredients: Water, hulled soya beans 9.4%, tapioca syrup, stabilisers: pectin & agar, sea salt, acidity regulator: citric acid, selected cultures: S.thermophilus & L.bulgaricus.
Nutrition Information per 100ml: 59 calories, 4.7g protein, 2.8g carbohydrate, 2.3g sugars, 2.7g fat, 0.5g saturates, 0.8g fibre, 0.18g salt.
100% dairy free, Sojade Natural is a delicious alternative to yoghurt and cream. Mild and creamy, for a real pleasure with all the benefits of soya. Easy to digest. Low in saturated fat.
Serve chilled, plain or with fruits, cereals… Ideal alternative to cream for light recipes, sauces, dressings. For premium quality, Sojade is made with the finest ingredients. bio organic soya yogurt. Premium quality soy a beans from France. Less than 5% fat.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Dairy free, Lactose free, Organic.
Available in health food stores.
Further information: Sojade
Ingredients: Soya drink (natural spring water, whole soya beans 8%), selected live cultures of which Bifidus and Acidophilus.
Nutrition Information per 100ml: 50 calories, 4.5g protein, 2.4g carbohydrate, 2.0g sugars, 2.5g fat, 0.4g saturates, 0g fibre, 0.05 sodium.
When it comes to choosing one brand over another, personally, I can't easily distinguish one from another. They all have a similar 'off white' colour and have the consistency of a set yogurt until you stir it. As for taste, again, I find them all very similar. They don't have that 'tang' that you get with natural yogurt, but it's mild and makes great smoothies and tastes good mixed with fresh fruit.
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