Feature Fridays – with Nudie Juice Nutritionist, Helen

You are likely to have seen my recent posts with Nudie’s latest creation – coconut yoghurt! The ‘creators of good’ have decided that ‘cows need a holiday too’, but some of us are always that little bit skeptical of whether coconut yoghurt really is all that great?

Is there anything added? Is it healthy for you? Why does it taste so freaking good!?

I got to chat to the Nudie team + their nutritionist to ask all of your questions and get all of the answers!

In case you missed it, I posed the opportunity a few weeks back where YOU got to comment the questions you wanted to ask! If you didn’t manage to see it, DO NOT WORRY, there are plenty more opportunities coming your way! Every week, I will have a new special guest for Feature Friday, and will give YOU the chance to fire your questions for the guest to answer! So make sure you stay tuned every Monday for the opportunity on Instagram!

Now, for the answers!

Questions answered by nudie:

  1. What made the Nudie team decide to make a range of coconut yoghurts? Do you know if they would consider other non-dairy ranges such as almond milk yoghurt? (@fit_paleo_wife)

We’re always thinking of innovative ways to create good and saw a gap in the market for a dairy free yoghurt with no nasties. Our coconut yoghurt is gluten-free, dairy-free and low in sugar. It’s the perfect alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, casein allergic or the 1/3 of Australians who are limiting their dairy intake.

  1. What kind of natural sweeteners is used in the yoghurt? (@themissjc)

Our vanilla and blueberry variants contain natural flavours which add texture and sweetness (they contain a small amount of honey extract).

  1. What does the natural flavours listed on the ingredients label represent? (@natashaaf)

Our flavours are extracted from plants rather than manufactured from chemicals in a lab. In the vanilla coconut yoghurt, we use a mix of natural coconut flavour, natural vanilla flavour and a tiny amount of honey extract. In the blueberry coconut yoghurt, we use a natural flavour which contains a small amount of honey extract.

  1. Where are the coconuts sourced from and what’s involved in the manufacturing process? I ask from an organic whole food vegan perspective given it’s not organic, thank you! (@liahalsall)

Our coconuts are sourced from Indonesia. Coconuts have several layers and we dehusk the outer shell and skin before we can get to the white coconut meat. This is what we turn into a coconut milk and make into yoghurt.

Questions answered by Helen Ridge, Nutritionist:

From a nutritionist perspective, what are the benefits of Nudie Coconut Yoghurt?

nudie coconut yoghurt is low in sugar and is gluten free. It’s made with coconut milk so it’s dairy free too. It’s a great alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, casein allergic or living a vegan lifestyle (the natural coconut yoghurt is vegan friendly). Depsite being dairy free, it still contains live cultures (probiotic bacteria, otherwise known as good bacteria). Probiotics can assist in gut health. Coconut yoghurt contains saturated fats high in lauric acid which have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

  1. Does the Coconut yoghurt contain probiotics? I know it says ‘cultures’ but which are they/are they just as good for us? (@jessica.hoey7) 

Yes! nudie coconut yoghurt contains live cultures (probiotic bacteria, otherwise known as good bacteria). This ‘good’ bacteria helps to balance gut flora (by boosting good bacteria and inhibiting bad bacteria). This improves gut health, and the flow on effects of this can be a stronger immune system. There are four types of cultures in nudie coconut yoghurt, which include lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis.

  1. Do you recommend switching it up with coconut yoghurt to replace dairy yoghurt? If so, all the time? What about if we aren’t dairy intolerant?

People choose to go dairy free for a myriad of reasons. For people with allergies to dairy, coconut yoghurt is a great alternative. nudie coconut yoghurt is dairy free and is low in sugar, so will also benefit people looking for low sugar alternatives. Coconut yoghurt doesn’t have as much protein and calcium as dairy yoghurt so I suggest pairing it with foods that contain these nutrients such as nuts, seeds, quinoa, buckwheat or puffed amaranth.

  1. For vegans whom would consume no dairy, is coconut yoghurt a safe and healthy alternative? Is there anything else you recommend to replace the nutrients that otherwise come from dairy?

Coconut yoghurt is safe and is a great dairy yoghurt alternative for those living a vegan lifestyle. Coconut yoghurt doesn’t have as much protein and calcium as dairy yoghurt so I suggest pairing it with foods that contain these nutrients such as nuts, seeds, quinoa, buckwheat or puffed amaranth.

 

 

Stay tuned for next Monday’s announcement of the next Feature Friday Guest – I’ll give you a clue for now, it has A LOT to do with organic and even more to do with your SKIN! xx

Images a combination of my own + from @nudiejuice Instagram

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