Friday, 5 April 2013

Tesco Free From Coconut Milk Review

Tesco have introduced a lovely new, dairy free milk to their range of ‘Free From’ foods. This one’s called Free From Coconut Milk and it's made from pressed coconut with added calcium.

This is an alternative to dairy milk as a drink, rather than a replacement for the kind of coconut milk you use for cooking. If, like me, you love coconut milk but are scared off by the calories, Tesco’s Coconut Milk has only 25 calories per 100ml.

Free From Coconut Milk is available in a 1 litre carton and has the same packaging design as Tesco’s other dairy free milks. As well as being free from dairy, it has no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fats.

What is says on the carton:

'As part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, a 250ml serving of coconut milk can be enjoyed regularly as a contribution to the recommended daily amount for calcium of 800mg.'

Coconut Milk
I adore the taste of coconut, both the flesh of a fresh coconut or as a delicious sauce in Thai food. It’s also the main ingredient in my favourite cocktail – pina colada. However, I rarely have coconut because it’s so high in calories and saturated fat.

However, after recent discoveries about health benefits of coconut, I’m more inclined to try including more coconut in my diet. So when I spied this coconut milk from Tesco, the first thing I did was check the calorie count. I couldn’t believe it was only 25 calories for 100ml.

I have purchased other coconut milk drinks in the past, but they’ve always been quite insipid and watery. This one however, has a lovely coconut tang with a brilliant white colour and more of a milk like consistency rather than water.

It’s amazing the calories are so low considering it includes coconut cream and sugar in its ingredients.

I wasn’t too sure what to do with this milk. I did try it in my tea, but it made the tea taste very bitter. I thought I’d try mixing it with my regular soya milk when making a coffee – coconut coffee, never tried it, but why not. Actually, it wasn’t bad. The only problem was it doesn’t froth well for a cappuccino.

It’s really too thin to be used in cooking as you’d need some form of thickener for a sauce. But it does add a lovely flavour when poured over a muesli or granola that already has coconut in it.

As a drink on its own, it’s certainly drinkable and my kids loved it. What also went down well was a banana and coconut smoothie made with coconut milk, yogurt and bananas. Yum!

Tesco Free From Coconut Milk
Ingredients include: water, coconut cream (8%), sugar, calcium phosphate, sea salt and colour (beta-carotene).

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Dairy free, gluten free and wheat free. Not suitable for freezing and must be consumed within 5 days after opening.

Available in Tesco Stores and online.

Nutrition Information per 100ml: 25 calories, 0.2g protein, 2.0g carbohydrate, 1.6g sugars, 1.8g fat, 1.6g saturates, 0.1g fibre, trace salt, 120mg calcium.

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