THE FREE-FROM-DAIRY MILK BAR
If you check out the ingredient list on a carton of cow’s milk, there’s one ingredient: milk (or low-fat milk). That’s because it’s a whole food that’s minimally processed (pasteurised and possibly homogenised). Plant “milks” on the other hand tend to have a longish list of ingredients because they are processed foods from factories not farms. We took a look at four calcium-enriched plant milks (soy, rice, almond and coconut) for product review this month to help you choose one that’s right for you. The nutrition data comes from the manufacturers’ websites, which we found very comprehensive and much easier to read than the small print on the nutrition label on the containers.
SO GOOD SOY
Ingredients: Filtered water, soy protein (3.5%), corn maltodextrin, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola), cane sugar, minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium), acidity regulators (332, 450), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), vitamins (A, B12, D2, B2, B1), natural flavour.
VITASOY RICE MILK
Ingredients: Filtered water, whole brown rice (min. 13%), sunflower oil, mineral (calcium phosphate), sea salt.
SO GOOD ALMOND MILK
Ingredients: Filtered water, almonds (2.5%), mineral (calcium), emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), natural flavour, salt, mineral salt (sodium bicarbonate), vegetable gum (gellan), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), vitamins (B12, B2, B1).
SO GOOD COCONUT MILK
Ingredients: Filtered water, coconut cream (9%), chicory inulin, mineral salt (tricalcium phosphate), flavour, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), salt, vegetable gum (gellan).