“ Brand: Alpro / Type: Yoghurts „
If I were to give you a list of foods that, in my opinion, after considerable research, were the ones to eat to keep good health - I would have soya yoghurt high on the list.
Someone made a comment recently about soya yoghurt - querying whether it was indeed actually yoghurt. My response to this is that it is not the dairy milk that makes the yoghurt - it is the culture - and this can activate milks other than dairy - including soya milk.
Why is yoghurt so good for you?
Yoghurt contains lactobacillus thermophilus or L. bulgaricus. These bacteria hang about in the gut. The (often referred to as good) bacteria can actually make vitamins and also make the digestive tract slightly more acidic which inhibits disease causing microbes. Yoghurt inhibits yeast infections from taking a grip (useful for women who are prone to thrush). The bacterium lacxtobacillus acidophilus found in many live yoghurts, slows down the development of colon tumours and yoghurt eaters have a lower incidence of colon cancer than those who do not eat yoghurt.
Non dairy yoghurt is preferable to dairy yoghurt because dairy yoghurt contains all the hormones and infections present in much regular milk. These can disrupt enzyme activity in humans.
The company of Alpro has a philosophy of sustainable development in their way of conducting business and their commitment to this can be read on www.alprosoya.co.uk.
The yellow band around the top of the large pot proclaims this particular flavour of yoghurt to be new and I was delighted to find it on the shelf at Tesco. It is a plastic pot with a paper label all around it with a light green design and an image of some of the yoghurt in a spoon and some vanilla flowers behind it. This design makes it easily distinguishable from the Alpro regular yoghurt in the same size pot (standing next to it in Tesco). The back of the pot gives lots of nurtritional information.
There is a platic lid on the top and a peel-off label underneath it. The pot has a recycling number of 5 on the base which means it is not always easy to dispose of it. What was that Alrpo said about 'sustainable development'? I wish every pot and carton was easily recyclable!
Appearance and Texture
The yoghurt is a creamy colour with a subtle tint of yellow. There are tiny flecks of vanilla in it. In fact, it is very like the image on the pot label. The appearance differs quite a bit from the regular yoghurt which is a dull white colour. The texture is quite thick although not like some yoghurts which resemble whisked cream; it is easily scooped out and transferred into a bowl. The thickness of the yoghurt is achieved by the 'modified corn starch' in the ingredients list. I thought the vanilla yoghurt looked appetising and was anxious to taste it once I had a look and a sniff at it.
I was very presently surprised at the taste of the vanilla yoghurt. The plain yoghurt is very bland and I have to eat it perked up with other things like fruit, nuts and agave nectar but the vanilla yoghurt is very easy to eat on its own. It has a sweet taste - it was sweeter than I expected after having eaten the plain yoghurt. The vanilla taste is pronounced but not overpowering. It is quite yummy to eat in fact. This is good because it makes you want to eat it. The downside is that the sweetness means that sugar has been added. This comes in the form of actual sugar AND Fructose, glucose syrup AND tapioca syrup - so not just a light sprinkling in there!
Ingredients and Nutrition
I won't write all the ingredients down as I have discussed quite a few of them in the body of the text but hulled soya beans makes up 7.4% of the yoghurt. The vitamins added to the yoghurt are riboflavin and Vit B12.
The yoghurt is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, babies can eat it from 6 months of age. It is low in saturated fat, has no artificial sweeteners, colourings or preservatives, has a good calcium content and uses non GM soya beans.
Each 125g serving contains 11.4g of sugar, 2.8g fat and has 95 calories.
I do really like this vanilla soya yoghurt. It is very easy to eat and it is quite good for you. It goes well with fruit and pies or on its own. My quibble is the amount of sugar that is used to make this yoghurt. I think it is quite a lot - because it satisfies my errant sweet tooth and this is a slight minus in terms of health value.
However, I think yoghurt should be eaten every day; I swear by it myself and this is a great way to eat it - and healthier than eating dairy yoghurts. It 's a bit swings and roundabouts but I do recommend it. I shall be buying it again because it was a joy to eat.
A delicious vanilla flavour dairy free yogurt, low in saturated fat and free from artificial sweeteners, colour and preservatives. Ideal on its own or with cereal and fruit.