Have you ever wondered why so many health gurus tout how wonderful yoghurt is for you? Do you feel overwhelmed facing the yoghurt section in your supermarket? Just how do you know how to choose the best yoghurt for your health?
How to choose the best yoghurt?
+ Choose a cultured yoghurt, you will be able to pick it up on most products. It may say ‘pot set’ or ‘fermented’, opt away from the brands with sugar shown in the top three ingredients.
Made by straining out the liquid whey, leaving the yoghurt thick and creamy, the association with the Mediterranean diet tends to give Greek yoghurt a healthy image. And although some brands can have higher protein, Greek yoghurt can also have higher saturated fat (up to 7g compared with around 4g for plain yoghurt), which helps make it thick and creamy.The removal of the whey also means Greek yoghurt often has lower calcium levels. Some brands also add cream, but this is not a traditional ingredient. Yoghurts must conform to food standards pertaining to claims like “low fat”, however there are no regulations in Australia specifying that a particular style of yoghurt, such as Greek, has to be made in a certain way or contain particular ingredients.
Not strained and often containing thickeners such as cream, milk solids, gelatine and gums, which are added to create a creamy texture.
Milk and live cultures are added straight to the pot, which, makers claim, means thickeners such as gelatine need not be added.
Natural or plain yoghurt
Yoghurt without flavouring or added sugar.
Made by adding an enzyme during processing that breaks down the lactose into simple sugars, so it’s safe for those who are intolerant to lactose.
Pouring yoghurt or yoghurt milk
Has the same ingredients as thick yoghurt but is thinner and designed to be poured over cereal or drunk by itself.
Traditionally made by adding fermented kefir grains to room-temperature milk. Commercial powdered kefir starters are often used these days.
An ethical-ecological approach to agriculture that focuses on the relationship of soil, plants and animals. Like organic, it emphasises sustainability and does not involve chemicals in production.
Tamar Valley Greek Style (per 100g serve): 542kJ, 5.3g protein, 9.8g fat, 5.2g sugars, 160mg calcium.
Five am Organic Natural -no added sugar (per 100g serve): 322kJ, 4.8g protein, 4.5g fat, 6g sugars, 144mg calcium.