Which type of yogurt is your family’s “go-to”? Even with so many flavor, texture and brand choices, one thing is clear – yogurt is good for you! Here is a line-up of the types of yogurt available at most local stores and the benefits of including them in your family’s healthy diet.
Traditional yogurt is unstrained and made with whole, skim or 2 percent milk. It comes as plain or with fruit on the bottom like strawberries or blueberries.
Unlike traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt, with double the protein, is strained to remove the liquid and whey and has a thicker consistency. It contains lower sugar/carbs, is tangy and good for eating, and is made in full fat, non-fat, low-fat, 0 or 2 percent.
Australian yogurt, like traditional yogurt, is unstrained and has a velvety texture. Cooked slower and longer than regular yogurt, it has a super creamy texture.
Skyr or Icelandic yogurt is a type of high-protein yogurt that's lowfat, tastes tangy and is thicker and smoother than Greek yogurt.
Non-dairy yogurt, made from almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk, is usually low in sugar or naturally sweetened, delicious and a great source of protein and healthy active cultures.
Kefir is a fermented yogurt drink that's known to be high in protein, calcium, minerals, vitamin D and probiotics, which help to support a healthy digestive system.
Lactose-free yogurt is made with cow's milk that has been treated to break down the lactose or milk sugar found in milk and is a good source of protein, calcium and probiotics.
Besides the fact that yogurt is delicious and the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack, why should you eat yogurt?
1. It’s satiating. Yogurt is rich in protein and healthy fats, which makes it a very filling breakfast or snack.
2. It may help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has shown that yogurt may play a role in preventing Type 2 diabetes. (Be sure to read the label and choose one with fewer added sugars!)
3. It’s good for bone health. Yogurt also contains calcium—415 milligrams per eight-ounce serving of regular, plain yogurt—which is essential for bone health.
4. It’s good for heart health. A study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that consuming fermented dairy products such as yogurt regularly (about two servings per week) long-term can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing blood pressure.
5. It’s good for your gut. Yogurt (specifically the dairy kind) is rich in probiotics, which support your immune system and improve digestive health by maintaining levels of “good bacteria” in the gut.
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A Quick Guide to the 7 Different Types of Yogurt (wideopeneats.com)