What are the milk alternatives?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2012, 12:42pm

The supermarket chain Fusion by ParknShop stocks an extensive range of milk alternatives. We picked five at random for review.

Vitasoy Organic Soya Drink


Soya is said to be one of the top genetically modified (GM) crops to resist herbicides, and hamsters fed with GM soya were unable to have offspring and suffered a high mortality rate. No GM ingredients were used in this soya milk from Hong Kong.

It is creamy and smooth, and has a raw, beany flavour. It isn't as sweet as typical soya milk. Each 250ml serving has 130 calories, 2.4 grams of fat, 10.5 grams of carbs (of which only two grams are sugars) and 8.7 grams of protein.

So Natural Rice Milk


Slightly milky and pleasantly sweet, this Australian rice milk is refreshing served ice-cold. Amazingly, the sweetness comes only from brown rice flour. Compared to the other milk alternatives, this has a high-carb, low-protein content. It also has added canola oil.

Per 250ml serving: 128 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs and 0.9 grams of protein. It also contains 300mg of calcium, or 38 per cent of the recommended daily intake (RDI), comparable to a glass of skimmed milk.

Almond Dream Unsweetened Original


This all-natural almond milk from the United States has a thin consistency similar to skimmed milk and a neutral flavour. So even almond-haters might like it. Each 240ml serving has 50 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, three grams of carbs and one gram of protein. As for vitamins and minerals, it has: vitamin A (30 per cent of RDI), D (25 per cent), E (30 per cent), B12 (50 per cent), calcium (30 per cent), phosphorus (20 per cent) and iron (four per cent).

Pure Harvest Organic Oat Milk


According to the carton, oat milk contains a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring nutrients found in plants) that boost the body's natural detoxification systems and also have anti-inflammatory effects due to their antioxidant properties. This drink from Australia is made of whole organic oats, water and a touch of sunflower oil. It has a strong oat flavour, but the watery blend is not very palatable. Per 250ml serving: 145 calories, five grams of fat, 19.3 grams of carbs, 5.8 grams of protein and only 6.8mg of calcium.

Marusan Malted Soymilk Coffee


This coffee-flavoured soya milk is more like an iced latte and has about half the calories of regular soya milk. It's a great alternative to the typical sugar-laden canned milk coffee. Per 250ml, it has 60 calories, 3.3 grams of fat, 3.3 grams of carbs, 4.5 grams of protein, and 52.5mg of calcium.



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