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You can buy soya yoghurts from health food shops and some supermarkets. Alpro, Yofu and Sojasun are natural yoghurts that come in plastic tubs and taste almost exactly the same as dairy yoghurt. You can also buy several different brands of soya yoghurts in smaller portion-sized yoghurt pots, which come in a variety of flavours and can be found alongside the dairy yoghurts in supermarkets.

Going dairy free

Switching from dairy products to cruelty-free alternatives is easier than you might think. The range of dairy substitutes is growing along with the population switching to a healthier life style, vegan products are rapidly growing too and there are now vegan versions of milk, cream, cheese, yoghurt, custard, margarine and many more food products.

Soya drink

Soya drink is now widely available in supermarkets and health food shops and it is offered in most cafes and coffee shops including COSTA AND STARBUCKS)

There are a variety of different brands available and all taste slightly different. Alpro is the most popular brand. You can buy sweetened, unsweetened, concentrated, organic, long-life, vanilla flavoured and vitamin enriched versions. Alpro also make milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, banana and strawberry flavours.

Most people find that once they have been using soya milk for a few months, cows milk is impossible to go back to, as it begins to taste fatty and sour.

Rice milk has a thinner consistency and sweeter flavour than soya milk and does not really work very well in hot drinks, but it is excellent on its own or with breakfast cereals.

Almond milk is particularly delicious in coffee and hot chocolate. Hemp milk and hazelnut milk are also becoming increasingly available.

Try a range of brands to see which you prefer.

Many people are now recognising the health and nutritional benefits of soya, which is high in fibre, protein and minerals and low in saturated fat. It is also free from cholesterol, unlike cow's milk. Soya milk has been promoted as reducing the risk of many diseases, including breast and prostate cancer, colon disorders, osteoporosis and heart problems - illnesses that have actually been linked to the consumption of cow's milk. No wonder the health-conscious consumer is choosing soya!

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Dairy-free cheese alternatives are available from health food shops and some supermarkets. Other companies that make dairy-free cheese include Bute Island Food and Vegusto. Dairy-free cheeses are available in a number of flavours including edam, cheddar, gouda, mozzarella, cheshire and blue. Vegan cream cheese is also available in various flavours. Check out Vegusta shop


Continental plain chocolate is more likely to be vegan. Always check the ingredients, as many brands contain butterfat or milk powder. Alpro do chocolate desserts too, For special occasions you can order some delicious chocolate bars and truffles from the Animal Aid online shop


Most margarines contain lactose or whey, both of which are dairy-derived, and whey may not even be vegetarian. However, the Pure range of sunflower and soya margarines is widely available, and Vitalite is also suitable for vegans. Most supermarkets now stock their own dairy-free brand as well.

How can I create dairy-free versions of my favourite foods?

Soya milk, tofu, soya cheese, soya yoghurt, coconut milk, Hummus, ground cashew nuts and yeast flakes can all be used creatively in your favourite recipes in place of milk and cheese.

Custard can be made in the usual way with soya milk or rice milk. Alternatively you could buy a carton of Alpro ready-made custard or Alpro vanilla soya dessert and use as custard.

Cheesecake filling can be made by blending together silken tofu, soya milk, sugar, vanilla essence and fruit.

Delicious vegan ice cream is made by several companies and is hard to distinguish from dairy ice cream. The Swedish Glace brand is particularly good - look out for it in supermarkets and health food shops.

Mild curries like sag aloo can be given a creamy texture by cooking with vegetable ghee and adding soya yoghurt or coconut milk.

Creamy soups can be made with soya milk and spicy soups can be given a great flavour and texture with coconut milk.

Milkshakes can be made by blending any milk-alternative with syrup, fruit or soya ice cream. You can also buy Alpro OY drinks in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and banana flavours from supermarkets and health food shops.

You can even buy dairy-free fudge, nougat, coffee-whitener and pizzas!


Hovis have a good range of bread that is vegan, from white bread to Granary and wholemeal.


It has never been easier to live a cruelty free life, look out for these signs on the foods and products.

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