A friend suggested I try soymilk as an alternative to regular milk for cooking and drinking. I went to the market the other day and found two products that look almost identical. Both products are labeled "Organic soymilk plain".
But one of them was in the refrigerated dairy case, the other was on a regular (not refrigerated) shelf. The one in the dairy case had an expiration date of July 18, 2014. The other one was Feb 19, 2015.
The ingredients are almost identical. The unrefrigerated one had 3 extra ingredients: sodium citrate, potassium citrate, and zinc sulfate. I assume these are preservatives.
The only other difference that I could see was that the unrefrigerated one said "Shake well before using", which is not on the other one.
Both have the Organics brand. The packages says they are made by Lucerne foods, which I believe is part of Safeway. (I was in a Safeway store.)
A couple of questions:
- Are these identical except for the preservatives?
- Why do they offer two products?
- How harmful are these extra ingredients?
Since I don't plan to store this in the pantry for month, I think I'll just buy the refrigerated one.
Thanks for any information. I'm new to this "healthy food" thing.