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How to choose a yoghurt

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to groceries. There are alternatives for almost every allergy, intolerance and dietary preference imaginable. Choosing a yoghurt has never been more confusing.

It doesn’t have to be though.

I’m going to let you in on my top tips for choosing a yoghurt so you can sail gracefully down the dairy isle.

So what should you be looking for in a yoghurt?

Probiotics protein, sugar and fat. Its as simple as that. And the amount of each will actually be determined by the type of yoghurt that you opt for.

These are just some of the yoghurt options available, but there may well be more I haven’t even come across:

  • Plain yoghurt
  • Sweetened yoghurt
  • Lactose free yoghurt (nutritionally pretty similar to normal yoghurt but without the lactose)
  • Soy yoghurt
  • Almond yoghurt
  • Coconut yoghurt

The nutritional value of all of the different types of yoghurts are vastly different. Some of them I would actually call a dessert as opposed to a healthy snack.

Among other things, yoghurt is a great source of protein.

But that doesn’t mean you need to buy the new high protein yoghurts either. Most people get plenty of protein in their diets without those.

Choosing something like a plain Greek yoghurt is a good option or a soy yoghurt and will provide you with a satisfying snack or addition to a meal.

Choose plain or unsweetened yoghurt.

The best way to sweeten your yoghurt is by adding fruit to it when you eat it. And if you’re choosing an unsweetened yoghurt then its one less thing to worry about trying to decipher on your nutrition panel because any sugar that’s left I there is likely to be lactose.

But I’m lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy!

This is where things can start to get a little bit crazy.

Coconut yoghurt has become fairly popular go to but I almost never recommend treating it as a yoghurt – it’s more of a dessert. Not necessarily because it is sweetened but because the fat content is so high, and its mostly saturated fat AND there’s almost no protein in there at all.

Better options, in order of their nutritional value are:

  1. Lactose free yoghurt (not if you have a dairy allergy)
  2. Soy yoghurt (beware the sugar content does seem to be a bit higher but at least there’s protein in there)
  3. Almond milk yoghurt
  4. Coconut yoghurt

And finally - look for a yoghurt that has live cultures in it because its great for your gut health!

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