Have you ever wondered which yogurts are best? There are so many options, it can make it difficult to navigate the yogurt aisle. We'll break down the 5 most popular options to help you decide which one is best for you.
- Traditional Yogurt: is most likely what you were used to eating as a kid. This yogurt is lower in protein and has a smooth and creamy texture and is often higher in sugar. Think: Yoplait.
- Greek Yogurt: has become more popular as high-protein diets trend. Greek Yogurt is thick and creamy and tends to be high in protein and lower in sugars. Although, make sure to avoid varieties that add nuts, seeds, granola and other high-calorie toppings. These make this yogurt more of a dessert.
- French Yogurt: is fermented in the same glass jar that the consumer eats it out of. This yogurt has a thick consistency and is higher in fat. You may have noticed the brand Oui by Yoplait.
- Australian Yogurt: is made with whole milk. It's usually creamy, not too thick but does contain a lot of fat. It's moderate in protein and higher in sugars (when flavored). Think: Noosa.
- Icelandic Yogurt is similar to Greek Yogurt with its thick consistency. It is high in protein and tends to have less sugars added for flavoring. A popular brand is Siggi's.
Always make sure to check the label of any yogurt you purchase. Ultimately, a variety lower in sugar is best. Dairy, because of lactose (a sugar naturally occurring in dairy), accounts for about 10grams of sugars in most 6 oz. servings of yogurt. It's best to choose a variety under or around 15-17grams of total sugars if you can help it. If you have additional questions, meal plan counseling is available! Call (303) 458-1551 to speak with a nutritionist.