Friday, 17 June 2016

Bonsoy Original Soy Milk Review

Bonsoy soya milkWhen I switched from dairy milk to soy, I tried many different varieties to find one which tastes best in tea and coffee. I’ve also generally concentrated on those with the lowest calories because I do get through quite a lot in a day!

While I’m still happy with my preferred soy of choice: Alpro Light, I still love trying out other brands, especially when they come highly recommended. Such was the case with Bonsoy. In my opinon, Bonsoy is the ultimate taste experience in soy milk. It’s almost perfection, but not quite.

Bonsoy is a brand I’d never heard of. However, during my studies as a Nutritionist, one of my lecturers happened to mention that if you were going to drink soy milk, then this would be her recommendation due to its high quality and superior taste.

I couldn’t wait to find it. Since I had never seen it on any supermarket shelves, I searched around some of the health food shops near me. I found a carton in the first place I tried, but gasped in horror at the price. £3.95 for 1 litre.

At that point in time I couldn’t contemplate spending so much on a single carton of soy milk. Another reason I was put off was the calorie content – 61 calories per 100ml of soy milk. Way more than the 26 calories of Alpro Light.

Bonsoy soya milk
Bonsoy Soy Milk
However, I was still very tempted to see what it tasted like, so after searching online, I discovered that Ocado also sell it. They also happened to have an offer on – Buy 2 get one free. Or in other words ‘3 for 2’.

Bonsoy is easily recognizable in its yellow and grey stripy carton with red text. It’s manufactured and packed in Japan for Spiral Foods in Australia. It’s then imported to the UK by Community Foods Ltd., London.
Bonsoy soya milk
Bonsoy Soy Milk
This is perhaps the reason why there is a white nutritional label is stuck on top of the original nutritional information on the side of the pack. I’ve tried peeling it off to see what’s underneath, but just end up tearing the carton. From what I can see, it’s just nutritional information in a different format.

Before pouring it into my morning cup of tea, I had a quick taste straight out of the carton (OK, I know it’s not hygienic, but I’m the only one who’ll be drinking it). So my first impression was, oh, it’s gorgeous. It has the most creamy silky texture and is perfectly sweet enough to drink on its own. And I must admit, I did swig quite a few more sips straight from the carton each time I went to the fridge.
Bonsoy soya milk
Bonsoy Soy Milk

In my tea and coffee it’s gorgeous. I do have a ridiculously sweet tooth and always add sweetener to my drinks. But because Bonsoy is already sweet, I used less than usual. Also, because it’s such a sweet tasting and rich soy milk, I found I didn’t need to use as much in my tea or coffee. This helpfully means using fewer calories as well as not getting through a carton as quickly as I would with my usual soy.

Here’s some information on the pack:

‘Created by Japanese soy masters using recipes perfected over many centuries, Bonsoy is created by bulling and splitting a premium variety of wholebeans. The beans are cooked and finely ground with purified hot water. This process gives Bonsoy its unique mellow flavour. Our special variety of whole soybeans are ideal for people wishing to add soy to their daily diet. Bonsoy is a great milk alternative and is perfect for cooking and baking. Bonsoy is creamy, delicious and is a healthy satisfying everyday food delivering an excellent source of vegetable protein.’

One noticeable point with Bonsoy’s ingredients is that it contains 15% soybeans around twice as much as many of the competing brands. For example:
  • Alpro Soy Orignal: 6.5% soybeans,
  • Alpro Light: 4.1% soybeans
  • Provamel Organic Sweetened: 7.2% soybeans
  • Sojade Organic Natural Soy: 8% soybeans
  • Waitrose Sweetened Organic Soya Milk: 7% soybeans
This probably accounts for some of the extra calories, since it’s a thicker soy milk. But also it’s sweetened with Tapioca Syrup. This would normally have me running a mile. However, the overall sugar content is low, with only 2.2g per 100ml. Bonsoy also gets green traffic lights across the board, being low in salt, fat and saturated fat as well.

You can find Bonsoy online at Amazon where you can find it selling for some pretty alarming prices. But you Generally thought you’re looking at spending around £3.50 for a l litre carton. Ocado
Although Bonsoy has added calcium carbonate, there is no mention of how much calcium it has per 100ml.

Other Information:

All natural; no added preservatives, colours, chemicals or flavours; no added oils; No kombu. As Bonsoy is a natural product, soy protein may appear as white sediment.

Manufactured and packed in Japan or Spiral Foods, Australia.

Nutrition per 100ml: 61 calories, 4.1g protein, 5.5g carbohydrates, 2.2g sugars, 0.3g fat, 0.1g saturated fats, 1.4g fibre. 0.13g salt.

Ingredients: Water, Soybeans (15%), Tapioca Syrup, Sea Salt, Hatomugi (Job's Tears), Calcium Carbonate.

Related Posts:

Alpro Soya Milk Light Review
Alpro Unsweetened Almond Milk Review
Alpro Almond and Hazelnut Milk Review
Almond Breeze Almond Milk Review

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  1. Great review, but did you mean almonds in the ingredients list, where is the soy?!

    1. Thanks Fran and thank you for pointing that out! Correct ingredients now in place.



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