Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Marks and Spencer Alternative Milk Drinks

marks and spencer oat milk drinkIn line with many other supermarkets, Marks and Spencer now have their own range of alternative milk drinks. They're all included as part of the M&S 'Made Without' range of products. So these are in the made without dairy group.

This includes: Coconut Drink, Rice Drink, Almond Drink, Oat Drink and Soya Drink.

The ingredients appear to be quite standard. The Almond milk contains only 1.5% almonds which is comparable with major brands such as Alpro and Almond Breeze. However, you can find brands with more. For example, Eco Mil, Provamel Organic and Rude Health contain around 7% almonds.

All of them are fortified with calcium which is something to be aware of if you’re replacing dairy.

marks and spencer coconut milk smoothie making

I only purchased the coconut milk to try and found the taste similar to the Koko Dairy Free coconut milk.

Here’s what Marks and Spencer say on the cartons:

‘All our Made Without products are carefully tailored for customers with special dietary requirements. They are made in a specially controlled environment so you can be sure they are safe for you to enjoy. For more information on food allergies and intolerances please visit marksandspencer.com/health’.



Nutrition and Ingredients for M&S Alternative Milk Drinks

Coconut Drink

marks and spencer coconut milk drink
M&S Coconut Drink

Coconut Drink: Water, coconut (6.5%), concentrated grape juice, calcium, emulsifier: E473, sea salt, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Colour: carotenes.

Nutrition per 100ml: 29 calories, 1.9g fat, 1.7g saturates, 2.2g carbohydrates, 2.0g sugars, 1.0g fibre, 0.2g protein, 0.08g salt, 120mg calcium, Vitamin D2 0.75ug, Vitamin B12 0.74ug.


Rice Drink


marks and spencer rice milk drink
M&S Rice Drink
Rice Drink: Water, rice (15%), sunflower oil, calcium, rice milk flavour, sea salt, iodine, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12. UHT rice drink with added vitamin D2, vitamin B12 and iodine.

Nutrition per 100ml: 51 calories, 0.8g fat, 0.1g saturates, 11.0g carbohydrates, 3.8g sugars, 0.1g fibre, less than 0.1g protein, 0.05g salt, Vitamin D 0.86ug, Vitamin B12 0.55ug, Iodine 30.7ug.



Almond Drink

marks and spencer almond milk drink
M&S Almond Drink
Almond Drink: Walter, sugar, Almonds (1.5%), calcium, stabiliser: E418, guar gum, Sea salt, Emulsifier: sunflower lecithin.

Nutrition per 100ml: 29 calories, 1.2g fat, 0.1g saturates, 3.5g carbohydrates, 3.3g sugars, 1.0g fibre, 0.5g protein, 0.13g salt, 120mg calcium


Oat Drink


marks and spencer oat milk drink
M&S Oat Drink

Oat Drink: Water, oats, (contains gluten), (12%), sunflower oil, calcium, sea salt, stabiliser: carrageenan, iodine, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. UHT oat drink with added vitamin D, vitamin B12, iodine.

Nutrition per 100ml: 46 calories, 1.3g fat, 0.2g saturates, 7.8g carbohydrates, 3.4g sugars, 0g fibre, 0.8g protein, 0.10g salt. 1.2ug Vitamin D, 0.43ug B12, 28.9ug Iodine 8.9ug.


Soya Drink


marks and spencer soya milk drink


Soya Drink: Water, soybeans (5%), Sugar, Maltodextrin, sunflower oil, acidity regulator: E332, E340, vanilla flavouring, stabilizer: cellulose, E466, carrageenan, calcium, salt, iodine, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

Nutrition per 100ml: 41 calories, 1.4g fat, 0.3g saturates, 4.6g carbohydrate, 3.2g sugars, 0.8g fibre, 2.0g protein, 0.20g salt, 0.75ug vitamin D, Vitamin B12 0.38ug, Calcium 120mg, Iodine 22.5ug.

You can find the above M&S dairy free milk drinks in branches of Marks and Spencer food halls. Although they are all long life, they tend to be stored in the refrigerator section alongside the regular milks.

All varieties are suitable for vegetarians, and not suitable for freezing.

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