Yet another alternative for the health-conscious consumer as German milk-alternative specialist Natumi launches its So Well Tri-drink in the UK this month. The new drink is fortified with calcium, is made from soya, rice and oats and it claims to help prevent cardiovascular disease and increases in cholesterol.
The bio-organic certified drink was first unveiled to the public at BioFach 2003 in February in Nuremberg, Germany. Natumi, which specialises in vegetable alternatives to milk products, claims that its low fat content, essential amino acids, and secondary vegetable ingredients (isoflavones) make this a tasty 'wellness drink' for the health-conscious.
In addition to helping prevent cardiovascular disease, Natumi also claims that the drink could protect from osteoporosis, menopausal syndrome, increases in blood sugar levels and hormonal cancers.
All Natumi drinks are made only from the whole bean or the wholegrain and not from isolates (extracts) or starch products. The calcium in the drink is obtained from the seaweed Lithothamnium. Natumi claims that this natural source of calcium has a high bioavailability and is therefore more efficiently absorbed into the body.
The product does not contain any added sugar or other sweeteners, gaining natural sweetness from the fermentation of the rice and oats.
Natumi also markets a Premium line of seven different vegetable drinks, available in health food stores. New packaging in 1 litre Tetra Pak slim packs is intended to put the focus on two of the drink's key aspects - pleasure and wellness.
Natumi produces its products at its facilities in Eitorf an der Sieg, near Cologne, Germany.