Sosan Hua, RD, CDE
Walking through the supermarket aisles, you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of different yogurt brands and the types you can choose from. Yogurt is a healthy choice only if you choose it wisely.
- Milk based yogurt (whole, 2%, 1%, non fat)
- Goat milk based yogurt
- Almond yogurt
- Coconut yogurt
When choosing a healthy yogurt, start by reading the ingredient list first. Simplicity is the best – 2 to 4 ingredients at most. Try to avoid yogurts with tons of sweeteners and additives.
- Avoid low fat, light yogurt: Manufacturers often use gum, starch and gelatin to thicken it and make it creamy texture to replace lack of fat in the product.
- Choose plain: Many flavoured yogurt contain sweeteners (like honey, corn syrup, fruit flavour, fruit juice concentrate, fruit) making a smaller 125g container easily contain 10g+ of sugar.
- But don’t be alarmed if you still see sugar on the food label when you buy plain yogurt. Since dairy milk is a lactose, plain yogurt may still contain 6-8g of sugar.
My go-to favourite yogurts:
- Plain organic or Grassfed Greek yogurt 2% MF for me (if it is too tart for you, you can mix half flavoured ones with plain to cut down the sugar in half). My favourite way is to top with fresh berries, hemp seed and almond slices
- And for my kids: plain organic or Grassfed Greek yogurt whole milk