Great article, thanks! We recently had a yogurt bar at work during our Wellness Promotion week. We've got dietitians on staff who helped us select the best yogurt and healthy ingredients for yogurt sundaes, but it seemed like hard work to get it "right". I've added this article to my keepers for an easier way to shop for healthy yogurt.
Thank you for this excellent, comprehensive article! I love Stonyfield organic low fat yogurt. It has a few more calories than the light brands I used to eat, but the flavor and texture is worth it. And, Stonyfield in a fruit smoothie is heavenly. I also want to give Oikos a shout out as my favorite Greek yogurt (plain with honey is my fave). I tried all the others, and I prefer Oikos' texture.
I love full fat yogurt for the flavor and rich creaminess and am willing to give up calories elsewhere to enjoy a half cup serving plain whole milk yogurt over berries. I also like Liberte whole milk yogurt in several amazing flavors. (Liberte makes low fat but my supermarket doesn't carry it. ) I do buy Chobani when it's on sale. Surprisingly creamy considering its fat free. When manufacturers add artificial sweeteners, thickeners and undigestable material (do you think sawdust could pass for fiber?) to fat-free yogurt it seems to me this is a highly processed, un-natural product. I fear we sacrifice nutrition on the altar of low-cal.
Although the choice in packaging and varieties SEEMS to have increased at my local grocery stores, the reality is that it is much more difficult to find healthful yogurt there nowadays! Shocking, I know. However, many of the industrial food corps making "greek yogurt" surely are not producing the kind of product that the term indicates. I need to spend a lot more time reading label after label now, it seems monthly, as product offerings change. Personally I WON'T EAT ASPARTAME. I'm looking to support and enhance my health, not erode it! Your mileage may vary. However, real food is, IMO, "unfooled-around-with." That ought to include real yogurt.
Was unaware that some yogurts have an abundance of fats and sugar. Thankyou for keeping me informed about something else!
3/14/2011 10:37:18 AM
Good article, but there are errors in the chart. The chart claims that Dannon, Stonyfield Farms and Trader Joe's plain yogurts contain sugar. They do not. I checked at the three companies' web sites to confirm. The sugar content for these three is the same as for the 'any brand' yogurts listed in the table -- 15 grams per serving.
Make your own "greek yogurt" for a fraction of the cost.!
Place an extra large paper coffee filter in a colander, place colander over a bowl, pour plain yogurt into filter, cover and place in fridge. After 3 hours, pour whey that has collected in bottom of bowl out (or save to use in cooking), pour (or dump ... it will be much thicker now) yogurt back into container. Now you have thick, creamy (if you stir it), plain yogurt to use in savory cooking (works great in place of sour cream) or add fruit, honey & nuts for a delicious snack, breakfast, or dessert.
I love yogurt, plain, w/o sugar, w/fruit and cereal. Can you add Mountain High Yoghurt to the grid? It contains no sugar, only pectin, plus all the active cultures currently advertised for Activa. And it tastes great.
Loved the article. I recently had an acupuncture treatment for the first time. While the girl asked qestions about my health and diet. I told them I eat a lot of yogurts expecially for breakfast with fruit. They warned me that yogurt is very hard to process first thing in the morning. Is this true? I feel great when I have yogurt.
3/16/2010 9:38:55 AM
vickid55: I use greek yogurt a lot in my cooking. I put it in my oatmeal, mix it in salad dressings for a creamier texture, in smoothies, and use it when making tuna or egg salad as a substitution for mayo. So if you find that you want to use it for more dishes there are yogurt strainers available on line that are inexpensive, and more convenient than using the cheesecloth method.
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