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  • To those who commented on greek yogurt being left out of the article... it wasn't ... if you reread the article it is mention within the the first few paragraphs.
    While I would also have liked to see the greek yogurt included in the sampling of good choices, the guidelines to choose a good greek yogurt or any other kind were listed above. There are new yogurt companies coming out everyday so it would be impossible to to included all of the best of the best that is why the list was listed a as a sampling! Also if your favorite wasn't listed you may want to check the guidelines she set forth as I did, you may find that it wasn't hitting all the recommendations. Bare in mind that as a registered nutritionalist she would normally charge for the info you just received for free, that alone should make it worth the "extra leg work" if not .. at least do it because you are worth taking care of!
    I know that we have all gotten use to our fast food ( someone else do it for us) world but isn't that how we gained the weight in the first place. I know that when I stopped relying on others to make up my food plan or my work out routine and just did it myself within gudeline set forth for me I did better than when I was spoon fed what to do because I gave myself the power to be the best me.. the best part I am a lot cheaper than the trainer was or than WW or Jenny if you know what I mean and since you are here I am assuming you didn't want to feed their bank account either. - 1/25/2012 12:48:22 PM
  • It's the fat in milk that makes dairy congeal. So how does low fat milk become yogurt? What sort of processing does that take?

    I bought a yogurt maker for about the price of one month's yogurt. Now I make my own full fat, sugar-free, additive-free yogurt. The size of the cup gives me about 100 calories and I am still well below fat intake for the day. I rarely go over my RDA for fat. - 1/25/2012 12:24:41 PM
  • Good article but leaving Greek yogurt out was a serious oversight. I eat it because it really helps memeet my protein requirements. - 1/25/2012 12:08:59 PM
  • MYTIME001
    I would like to see Greek yogurts included in the evaluation. I switched to Greek non-fat plain yogurt, either Chiobani, or Fage. Lots of protein and other nutrients. I add my own fruit, plus some granola. A perfect, balanced breakfast for under 350 calories that keeps me going for quite a while. - 1/25/2012 11:54:55 AM
  • ANNE007
    I don't see any Greek yogurts on the list of those you like. Any suggestions?
    - 1/25/2012 11:15:42 AM
    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. - 1/25/2012 9:39:37 AM
  • 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. - 1/25/2012 9:03:10 AM
  • 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. - 1/25/2012 8:27:20 AM
  • I use Fage brand plain fat free yogurt and add fruit and cinnamon . I would stay away from a yogurt with any ingredients besides the milk and the cultures. - 1/25/2012 6:54:20 AM
  • 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. - 1/13/2012 1:41:34 PM
  • Fiber One only has 50 calories, why was this brand not included? - 11/22/2011 9:00:21 AM
  • I don't understand why Chobani's plain, no-fat Greek yogurt wasn't included, as it's the BEST I've ever found. - 9/13/2011 6:00:47 PM
  • Was unaware that some yogurts have an abundance of fats and sugar. Thankyou for keeping me informed about something else! - 5/8/2011 9:53:21 AM
  • MIMSY709
    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. - 3/14/2011 10:37:18 AM
  • 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. - 7/6/2010 10:05:17 AM

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