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Which yogurt to chose? SP article

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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    1674 days ago
    I choose homemade! Whether you use dairy, nut 'milks', or soymilk, you can easily make your own yogurt. Here is my recipe for soy yogurt: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
    il.asp?recipe=2269210 Remember to sterilize all your utensils and containers. I use quart Mason Jars and I incubate the yogurt in my oven with a 25 W bulb or two. People use slow cookers, thermoses, blankets, coolers with containers of hot water, yogurt makers, .... the internet is full of ideas.
    1675 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2013 12:15:57 PM
    These days I quickly eliminate the "yoghurts" I *DON'T* want - anything with aspartame, gelatin, plant-based thickeners (guar gum, etc), artificial colors including carmine (made from squished bugs - snail type thing that lives on certain cactus plants), artificial flavors, etc and only a token number of good bacteria. I'm also trying to control my fructose levels, which is almost impossible without reading labels. I usually end up with a plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt with as much extra good bacteria as possible. There's like two strains that are required to be present, in order to legally be called "yogurt" in the USA, at least, not sure about other parts of the world. But some brands will add other good strains, having up to 5-8 total strains of bacteria. After all that, I watch for when they go on sale!! Or pick one that I have that I like and make my own, using that as starter (haven't done it in a while but need to!!).

    Then...if I want fruit, I can add it, and sweeten it with stevia or raw honey, where I generally don't want it as sweet as the store-boughten brands (I like the "tart" in yogurt!!).

    As for brands, it depends on the store - I rarely go to one specific store for one specific brand. It's more a matter of looking to see what's available and what's on sale. But I have enjoyed a variety of brands - StonyField, AltaDena, Mountain...(something? can't think of the name exactly - it's kinda hard to find, supposedly Bulgarian style and I've always seen it in glass jars rather than plastic tubs)... Dannon (but they are getting sneaky and trying to add yuckky stuff like carmine in some of their models.)...

    Hmmm I'm not much help, aren't I??!
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    1675 days ago
    Trader Joe's brand plain non-fat greek yogurt. It has the most protein content. I add fruit to sweeten. I also use it in place of mayonnaise in any recipes.

    1675 days ago
    Plain lowfat yogurt for me. I'll sweeten it myself, thank you very much. Or add fruit, it's up to me not a manufacturer. I'll use Greek yogurt in cooking now. I used to hang it to let the why drip out, but the Greek varieties are already denser.
    1675 days ago
    Plan natural Greek yogurt
    1675 days ago
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