Archive for September, 2010

Yogurt: What to Buy and What to Ignore

Monday, September 6th, 2010

The grocery store shelves are loaded with all different types of yogurts—here is a guide to help you glide through the aisle a bit smoother:

Probiotics: Look for yogurts that “contains live and active cultures” to guarantee that your yogurt contains gut-friendly probiotics. While probiotics may help improve gut health they are not a cure for digestive problems. Not all frozen yogurts contain probiotics. Read the label to see if your favorite brand contains these healthful bacteria.

Vitamin D: Not all yogurts are fortified with Vitamin D. It is important to read labels carefully

Greek-Style Yogurt: Greek-style yogurt, such as the Chobani brand , is becoming increasingly popular
, not only because of its thickness and creaminess, but also because it contains more protein and calcium than regular yogurt

Fruit-Flavored Yogurt: Many fruit-flavored yogurts contain no actual fruit at all. My suggestion? Start with plain yogurt and add your own fruit, honey, dried fruit, or granola and sweeten to your liking.

When scoping out yogurts, look for one that contains no more than 180 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 30 grams of sugar per 6 oz cup—enjoy!