I know there has been a lot of desperation out there due to the discontinuation of the popular Soy Life Yoghurt. I hear you. So please, drum roll for… Alpro Dairy Free Yoghurt! Also soy-based, could this be your new staple? Keep reading to find out.
🔹Soya base (Water, Hulled soya beans (10.7%)), Sugar, Calcium (Tri-calciumcitrate), Stabiliser (Pectins), Acidity regulators (Sodium citrates, Citric acid), Flavouring, Sea salt, Antioxidants (Tocopherol-rich extract, Fatty acid esters of ascorbic acid), Vitamins (B12, D2), Yogurt cultures (S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus)
🔹As with most dairy-free products, this yoghurt is made up largely of water. Very expensive water!
🔹Pectin is a great natural stabiliser originating from fruit that maintains the yoghurt’s texture, as well as adding a touch of fibre to the mix.
🔹It is also calcium fortified, which is a must-have for plant-based yoghurts. Another bonus is the vitamins that are added, as Vitamin D works with Calcium for bone growth, and Vitamin B12 is great for brain function.
🔹Common allergens include: soy
🔹A good alternative if your little one has a lactose intolerance or cow’s milk allergy.
🔹It contains high protein compared to other plant-based yoghurts due to using soy, and at 4g/100g, is similar to natural dairy yoghurts in this regard.
🔹Importantly, it is calcium fortified. This yogurt contributes an impressive 120mg per 100g, which is a similar amount to Greek yoghurt (slightly lower than other yoghurts due to the loss of calcium in straining).
🔹The sugar content (in the natural flavour) is extremely low at just over 2g/100g, putting even dairy competitors to shame.
🔹Both the total and saturated fat contents are within healthy guidelines, making it a viable choice for daily consumption.
🔹It has a mild and pleasant flavour and creamy texture, especially compared to some nut-based yoghurt alternatives.
🔹Not an option for children with a soy allergy, in which case nut-based yoghurts such as almond or coconut may be the next best thing.
🔹As you would expect with alternative products, this is a pricey yoghurt. It is similar to other dairy-free yoghurts, but almost double the cost of dairy-containing varieties.
🔹As this is a new product, it may only be available in select Coles stores, but will likely be rolled out to more soon.
🔹‘With Yoghurt Cultures’: This is to reassure consumers, as many early yoghurt alternatives didn’t even contain probiotics!
🔹‘Low in Sugars’: It is indeed. Win!
🔹‘Source of Calcium’: This is a huge selling point, as just one serve (of the 125g recommended) provides 30% of a toddler’s daily requirement, and ~20% for an older child.
🔹‘Naturally Lactose Free’; This is true, as lactose is a sugar that occurs naturally in dairy products.
🔹If your child is simply lactose intolerant, a lactose free yoghurt remains the holy grail substitute due to maximum protein and calcium content. But in the case of a cow’s milk allergy, this yoghurt is a great alternative.
🔹If your child can’t handle soy, then nut-based yoghurts such as almond or coconut are another option. Just keep an eye out for calcium fortified varieties!
🔹If your little one is not a fan of yoghurt, don’t panic! Remember there are plenty of other calcium-rich food sources such as dairy/soy/nut milks, cheese, canned fish, and even calcium-fortified cereals. At the end of the day, whatever passes the taste test is a win in my books!
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