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Provamel organic soya-coconut/almond yogurt - worth giving a go? What are the dangers?

Answered on September 10, 2015
Created August 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Hi, I can't eat dairy products but I love yogurt. I've just came across Provamel yogurt alternatives which I'm quite interested in trying, especially coconut and almond. They seem to be pretty decent, no sugar, no nasty additives, good probiotic cultures... Unfortunately, they both contain soy. It's less that 8%, thus in 500g container there is 40g of soy. It's organic though. Therefore, I wonder, should I give it a go?

I've been Paleo for the past 4 years and I got used to avoiding anything that has to do anything with soy. I only recently tried miso soup and I was completely fine - no adverse effects. Would it be really bad to treat myslef to one of these yogurts sometimes/on regular basis?

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on September 01, 2015
at 05:37 AM

You can buy coconut yogurt (watch for sugar content) or make your own coconut yogurt. I use a wide-mouth thermos as an incubator. 

1 can full fat coconut milk (2 cups)

1 tsp of sugar (feeds the microbes)

1 TBSP gelatin powder

yogurt culture (you can purchase yogurt culture or open up a probiotic capsule). 

Preheat the thermos with very hot water (or use a yogurt maker or other warmer)

Take 1/4 to 1/3 cup of room temperature coconut milk. Stir in the sugar and sprinkle the gelatin on top to "bloom". 

 

Meanwhile, heat the rest of the coconut milk  in a pot on the stove to 110 degrees. While the milk heats, stir the gelatin into the small bit of milk. 

 

Remove  the warm milk from the stove and stir in the gelatin mixture. Check the temperature again (it should be below 112), and stir in the yogurt culture. Pour the water out of the thermos and pour in the yogurt culture. It takes about 24 hours to ferment, and should taste pleasantly sour. Put the coconut yogurt in a glass dish or jar. It will thicken as it cools. 

I I love it plain or with berries. Coconut milk is slightly sweet but you can sweeten to taste. I never feel the need to add sweetener. 

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on September 10, 2015
at 10:24 AM

This is amazing! I started doing this as a coconut jelly as well when I don't have the time to add in a culture and wait for it to work its wonders. It's really good as well. Very simple, but I never thought of it. Thank you for the tip :)

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on September 10, 2015
at 10:24 AM

This is amazing! I started doing this as a coconut jelly as well when I don't have the time to add in a culture and wait for it to work its wonders. It's really good as well. Very simple, but I never thought of it. Thank you for the tip :)

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on September 10, 2015
at 10:28 AM

 In the end I ended up buying two 500g pots of soy yogurt, ate it all in a matter of 3 days and felt really weird. Not bad, but weird. Constantly having an odd aftertaste in my mouth and feeling slightly bloated. Haven't observed anything besides this, but decided to go back to being soy-free. It's not worth the risk! :)

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on August 31, 2015
at 12:08 PM

Soy is harmful to health, so no. You should not eat this.

 

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