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Health

Are plant-based products better for my health?

It’s all a matter of balance.

A proper, varied diet ensures that your body receives plenty of different nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fibre as well as other important things like protein, fats and carbohydrates. Nonetheless, eating plant-based foods is a good idea for lots of reasons.

Firstly, your body is built to eat and process plants. For over a hundred thousand years, humans as a species have lived off a diet primarily consisting of fruit and vegetables. Today, most people eat more than enough meat but are falling short of getting their quota of vegetables, fruits, seeds and grains. This means our bodies aren’t getting the vital nutrients they need.

Eating plant-based foods is also a lot more environmentally friendly as alternatives to yoghurt made from coconuts or almonds require significantly less CO2 and methane in their production than yoghurt made from cow’s milk.

At Abbot Kinney’s, we make delicious, organic, plant-based products with only the very best ingredients. We try to use as few ingredients as possible, never add any unnatural additives and go out of our way to responsibly produce everything we make.

Do you add any sort of sugar to your products?

Our plant-based yog does not contain any added sugars, sweeteners or unnecessary additives whatsoever. All the sugar you see in our nutritional info are sugars that naturally occur in the nuts or fruits themselves. The Almond Start contains a hint of organic concentrated apple juice to balance out the nutty flavor.

Our plant-based ice creams do contain a small amount of glucose syrup and cane sugar. We use these sweeteners to improve the overall texture and also because without a little bit of sugar, you wouldn’t be able to scoop out our Frost. Ice cream is a treat so while it’s important to treat yourself, as with all good things, please enjoy in moderation.

Is your plant-based yog a good replacement for regular dairy-based yoghurt?

Plant-based yog replacements and yoghurt made from cow’s milk are two very different things. That may seem like a straightforward statement but yoghurt made from cow’s milk is an animal product and yog made from coconut-, almond-, or oat milk is plant-based. They therefore contain different nutrients.

The biggest difference is that Coco Start and Almond Daily Delight contain fewer sugars and more vegetable fats than cow’s yoghurt. While there is less calcium in Coco Start and Almond Daily Delight than in regular yoghurt, they both contain a lot more magnesium, are less harmful to our planet, and many people find plant-based yog more easy to digest.

So while our yogs are not a one on one substitution for regular yoghurt, they are plant-based, vegan, paleo and naturally lactose and gluten free.

Does your packaging contain bisphenol A/BPA?

No, all our cups are made from polypropylene and contain no bisphenol A/BPA. Polypropylene is easily recyclable, so please recycle it with your plastic.

Ingredients

Coconut milk

Having tasted all kinds of organic coconut milk, the best tasting coconuts we tried came from South-East Asia, such as Sri Lanka among others. It takes around twelve months for a coconut to become ripe. During ripening, most of the coconut water is converted into flesh and fat. The coconut is at its tastiest when its shell has a nice, dark-brown color and you can still hear the water sloshing inside when you shake it.

The ripe coconuts are harvested by local farmers that use long tools or sticks to reach them at the top of the trees. They are then cracked in the local factory after which the flesh is scraped out, and squeezed three times until only the dry coconut flesh remains. Finally, a little bit of water is added to the dry coconut to turn it into creamy delicious coconut milk.

Yoghurt cultures

All of our plant-based yog's are fresh tasting, delicious alternatives to yoghurt. Like yoghurt, they are fermented and we do this using four types of plant-based yoghurt cultures. They all have the most beautiful Latin names that look like this:

Streptococcus thermophiles.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus.
Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Bifidus lactis.

The first two convert the sugar in the coconut, almond and oat milk into acids to ensure a nice, full texture. The last two are probiotics which are the bacteria that many dieticians consider vital for maintaining healthy intestinal flora.

Our Coco Greek Style yog is so special, that it even has an extra yoghurt culture in the mix:

Lactobacillus paracasei.

And the good news is that all these yoghurt cultures are 100% plant-based so they are safe to enjoy on a vegan or lactose-free diet.

Tapioca starch

Tapioca starch is made from manioc which is also known as cassava. We get ours from Vietnam. It is a natural thickener that ensures the great texture of our Coco, Almond and Oat yog's when we add the yoghurt cultures.

Why don't you just call your products 'yoghurt'?

The word ‘yoghurt’ is protected in Europe. You are only allowed to use it for products made from milk that comes from mammary glands and yoghurt cultures. Whilst we agree this is a bit strange, since it’s the cultures that give the yoghurt its fresh, tangy flavour and not the cow’s milk (or the nut milk for that matter), we aren’t ones to argue.

Sustainability

How sustainable are coconuts?

The organic coconut milk we use in our products is transported from South-East Asia to Europe by ship. To contribute to a sustainable supply chain, Abbot Kinney’s is affiliated with the GoodShipping Program. The GoodShipping Program offers companies the opportunity to make container shipments less polluting by using offering a way to change the fuel mix. More information about the GoodShipping Program can be found on their website: https://goodshipping.com/

In terms of product waste, there is none, because every single part of the coconut gets used. The hairs on the coconut shells are strong and resilient, making them perfect for brooms and doormats whilst the empty shells are used for making furniture or potting soil for your garden. The shells can even be burnt and used as a fuel.

How sustainable is your packaging?

The paper in our packaging is made from recycled cardboard. Recycling paper is something we’re quite good at in the Netherlands as 85% of the used paper and cardboard is collected and recycled here.

Our plastic cups are made from PP a.k.a polypropylene. This is a firm, food-safe and easily recyclable type of packaging. We are working on a cup that is made entirely or partially from recycled PP or PCR plastic. You’ll be the first to find out, once we’ve cracked it.

At present, the Coco Start seal is made from aluminium foil. The downside to aluminium foil is that it requires a lot of energy to make, which is why we’re looking for an alternative. Luckily, aluminium is easily recycled, so please make sure to recycle it once you’re done.