Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What is the Difference in Yogurt?

Currently I am loving Greek yogurt! Either 0% Chobani or 0% Fage. However, last year I was stuck on Light and Fit Vanilla by the pint. And what the heck is Kefir? Well...I'm here to give you the low-down.

Traditional milk yogurt: Made by fermenting cow's milk with live bacteria. It's a solid source of protein, calcium, potassium and B vitamins. Beware of dessert-like flavors packing in added sugars, even fruit on the bottom may contain more sugar than fruit by weight. Stick with plain low fat yogurt with 12 grams or less of sugar and 3 grams or less of saturated fat. Add  your own fresh fruit for sweetness.

Greek yogurt: Cow's milk strained resulting in its thick creamy texture. It has less sugar than traditional yogurt and double the protein, making it more filling. However it has less calcium. Kind of tastes like sour cream.

Goats milk: Using the same method as cow's milk yogurt, it has similar nutritional and textural profile.  Good option for those sensitive to cow's milk because it lacks proteins found  there that can cause allergic reactions and is slightly lower in lactose. One drawback...It has a slightly gamey flavor.

Nondairy: made with soy milk, this type resembles cow's milk yogurt nutritionally speaking, though it can contain slightly less protein. Ideal for vegens and people who are lactose intolerant or allergic to cows milk. Avoid if your doctor has recommended that you steer clear of soy in general.

Kefir: This yogurt like fermented beverage is made from culturing process that combines milk with kifer grains (a mixture of bacteria and yeast). Kefer is loaded with probiotics. Because it is naturally thinner than yogurt, it may be easier to digest. The acidic flavor can take some getting used to. If you buy in smoothie form, watch out for added sugar.

So, there you go! Now you can make a smart choice in shopping for your yogurt! I haven't  tryed Kefir yet..but I'm going to buy some the next time I'm at the store!

Do or do not. There is no try.~Yoda

1 comment:

  1. Trying to end my cycle of tummy gurgles and gas and trying Activia this month. Seems to be helping? We'll see...