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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Take 7 alternatives to milk ]

Take 7 alternatives to milk

In an era when more people are realising a sensitivity to dairy products, it’s hard to understand why non-dairy milks aren’t more popular. It’s the perception more than the actual taste that stops people from trying them; though they all protested to the concept, most of the office guinea pigs couldn’t actually tell the difference between soy/rice/almond and dairy milk.
In the name of objectivity (and decent tasting coffee), we stuck to the plainest possible version of all the drinks – in many cases there are chocolate, strawberry even vanilla flavours available. I have happily been using soy as an alternative to milk for the last two years, from hot and cold drinks to cereal and can even whip up a yummy béchamel using soy and whole flour.
Important tip for starters: put the milk in the cup and slowly mix in hot water for coffee or tea – heating up non-dairy milks too quickly results in an unsightly curdling process that can be quite off-putting.

Evernat Soja Nature

Not a bad drop, mixed quite well with tea, pleasant to drink alone. Evermat is a French company owned by Dutch wholefoods multi-national Royal Wessanen. The soya (8.8 per cent - highest of the soy bunch) is actually from Italy, 100 per cent organic and GM-free (though all the products say they are). The small packaging and reasonable price makes it ideal for those simply looking to replace the milk in their hot drinks.
Price: €1.40 for 500ml

Oatly Organic Oat Milk

Quite delicious, really, and tasty as a drink on its own. With its funky, hand-written packaging and ‘hip’ design, Oatly (10 per cent oats) targets itself to the younger demographic, promising a dairy-free alternative that ‘lowers cholesterol’. Also pleasant in coffee and tea. Nice, ‘milky’ consistency that lasted well in the fridge. One colleague commented that it tasted like ‘liquid porridge’, which it did – but in a nice way.
Price: €3.59 for 1,000ml

Granovita Organic Soy

Endearing again because of the small packaging and the convenient screw-top lid, but that’s where the charm ends. The taste is very grainy (7.2 per cent soy) and the consistency almost water; no matter how slowly you pour the hot water for a drink, the product invariably curdles and there’s a weird sediment that awaits you at the bottom of the pack.
Price: €1.50 for 500ml

Rice Dream Milk, Vanilla

The loser of the bunch. Apart from being rather expensive, the consistency was notably watery, brownish and quite unpleasant. This also curdled a little too readily for one tester’s liking, though in its defence, another couldn’t tell the difference when it was supplemented in his tea. The ingredients state there’s rice (14 per cent), organic sunflower oil, vanilla flavouring and sea salt (another flavour enhancer).
Price: €4.44 for 1,000ml

EcoMil Almond Milk

Popular among colleagues because of the childhood memories it conjured but oddly flavoured for my liking. Though the packaging states the almond milk (7 per cent) is ‘plain’, the taste of the agave syrup (a harmless natural sweetener derived from the agave cactus) was a little overbearing for me and the addition of corn maltodextrin to thicken the final product did little to please this palate. This one’s for those who like their milk (and hot drinks) a little sweetened.
Price: €4.82 for 1,000ml

Soya Soleil

My soy milk of choice: pleasant flavour, mixes well with coffee, tea and hot chocolates, it has a pleasant consistency and is nice to drink on its own. Widely available and the cheapest of the bunch, also keeps well in the fridge. Soy content sits at 5.6 per cent and is just plain soy and natural water.
Price: €2.05 for 1,000ml

Alpro Organic Soya

Stable-mate of the aforementioned Soya Soleil (also an Alpro brand). Both are organic, both claim non-GM, both are pure soy and water. The major difference seems to be that this one has fancier packaging, the Alpro label is prominent and it has a higher content of soy (7.2 per cent) in it. Also good quality when it comes to flavour and consistency, but not really worth the extra €1.37.
Price: €3.42 for 1,000ml
Most products available at major supermarkets and health food shops

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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