Overwhelmed by the sea of yogurts in the stores these days?

 

Do you ever wonder which ones are the healthiest choices?

 

Nonfat, Lowfat or Whole Milk?

Yogurt comes in three different fat options: nonfat, lowfat and whole milk.

 

If you are not buying organic, I would suggest nonfat or choosing a different type of yogurt altogether like coconut yogurt.

 

If you are buying organic, you want to get whole milk. Whole milk is a good source of fats which our bodies need and they keep you fuller longer so they help maintain or manage blood sugar balance.

 

An even better choice than organic yogurt is grassfed yogurt. Grassfed cow’s milk has a better fat profile (more omega 3 and CLA fats) than cows fed organically with grains. Cows are supposed to eat grass. I also think that yogurt from grassfed cows has a yummy, rich flavor.

 

Organic or Not

Organic is always the best choice.

 

Organic means:

  • There are no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
  • The cow was only fed with organic feed. This means that the feed was not genetically modified or sprayed with synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
  • The cows were not injected with hormones or antibiotics.

Plain or Flavored

Plain yogurt is always going to be my first choice. Flavored yogurts generally have too much sugar. You can add your own whole fruit, honey or stevia to your taste if you get a plain yogurt.

 

Greek or European style

Greek yogurt is made by straining out the whey which gives the yogurt a thicker, creamy texture.

 

This straining process also gives Greek yogurt more protein and less sugar than the European style variety. Greek yogurt can be a bit more expensive.

The Winners

My favorite organic yogurt is Straus Family Creamery. This is a local brand so you may only find it in stores if you live out west.

 

My favorite grassfed yogurt is Stonyfield greek organic 100% grassfed whole milk yogurt. I prefer the higher protein content and texture of greek yogurt.

 

If I am at Trader Joe’s, I like Trader Joe’s Organic Cream Top Plain Whole Milk Yogurt which is 100% grassfed.

 

All yogurts are made with at least two types of live active cultures. These include streptococcus thermophiles and lactobacillus bulgaricus. These are the beneficial bacteria or probiotics that yogurts are known for.

 

Stonyfield’s yogurt has six different live active cultures and Straus Family Creamery has four live active cultures making these both a top choice.