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so many yoghurts !!!

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travelsafar Fri 19-Apr-19 07:45:50

Whilst shopping yesterday I spoke to a lady who was sorting through the stacks of yoghurts as was I. We both agreed there were so many different types it was difficult to make a healthy choice. Fat free, low fat, sugar free but high in fat, natural, ones with added bacteria, Greek with or without honey, plus of course all the flavoured varieties. Can anyone say which is the healthy one to choose. I am trying to eat healthily but must confess become totally confused when buying yoghurt. Is it better to have high fat rather than the low fat as they have more sugar. Can anyone recomend a good one as i have yog every morning for breakfast with berries, nuts and seeds and dont want to be fooling myself it is healthly when it isn't!!

LullyDully Fri 19-Apr-19 08:10:01

Maybe natural yogurt is best, full fat if your health and figure will take it. Then you can flavour it yourself .

I like Mullerlight but I go to slimmers world so I am indoctrinated.

Urmstongran Fri 19-Apr-19 08:13:20

Like most food it has to have fat or sugar or it would be tasteless.

littleflo Fri 19-Apr-19 08:17:21

I agree that it is confusing. We are not helped by the constantly changing advice. Now cream, whole milk and full fat yogurts are being recommended because of the nutrients they contain.

My choice is a low sugar yogurt, because I eat it with fruit. It is impossible to read all the labels to make comparisons though.

SueDonim Fri 19-Apr-19 11:32:03

It is confusing! There are all these new ones, too, such as kefir yogurt and skyr yogurt, to name but two.

I now only buy plain full fat yogurt and add flavourings myself. I also make my own, with a spoonful or two from a commercial yogurt as starter.

paddyann Fri 19-Apr-19 11:38:37

I eat the weightwatchers ones at 50 calories or less ,I use greek natural for cooking .I also make my own when I can be bothered/have time ,the family prefer home made

janeainsworth Fri 19-Apr-19 11:45:39

Full fat, no sugar, with live cultures.
Yeo and M&S are my favourites.

Sweetened ones contain quite s lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners - no thanks.

toscalily Fri 19-Apr-19 11:56:08

Like janeainsworth I eat the full fat, live cultures. I used to make it myself but have not done that for a while now. Often eat with a sprinkle of ground up seeds & nuts, occasionally fruit. I don't really like sweetened yoghurt. Might add OH will only eat the sweetened varieties, still I make sure it is the active sort.

Tweedle24 Fri 19-Apr-19 11:56:21

I buy the fat free, plain ones and add my own flavouring such as fruit. If necessary, I add a sugar substitute.

Urmstongran Fri 19-Apr-19 12:06:04

I’d rather have the fat than the sugar. I like thick plain yoghurts best with a handful of walnuts or blueberries.

Oldwoman70 Fri 19-Apr-19 12:15:17

Actimel fat free no added sugar first thing in the morning and Activia sugar free after dinner.

BBbevan Fri 19-Apr-19 13:11:03

Best yogurt. Full fat Greek. Add your own berries etc . Lovely

Callistemon Fri 19-Apr-19 13:43:16

Full fat, live cultures for me too
I do like plain full fat Greek yogurt too, add fruit from the garden or a banana.

rockgran Fri 19-Apr-19 14:07:29

Easiyo yogurt for us. It is so easy to make and there are lots of flavours. Once I had tasted it I never wanted any other kind. My favourite is the basic Greek yogurt and I add fruit or a teaspoon of jam to flavour. Once made it lasts up to two weeks in the fridge although I can never keep it that long!

GabriellaG54 Fri 19-Apr-19 15:05:07

I favour Waitrose full fat Greek yogurt and, on their own (without accompaniments) Activia, which are full of millions of live cultures to keep your gut healthy.

JonathanMetcalf Fri 03-May-19 07:47:58

One can also make healthy yogurt in a home by inserting lemon choice in the fresh milk. After inserting, keep milk for 5 to 6 hours and your yogurt is ready with healthy bacteria.

M0nica Fri 03-May-19 07:56:58

I have a simple solution, I loathe yoghourt, all yoghourt, so never have to worry myself about choosing any.

Desdemona Sat 04-May-19 10:08:00

I usually just buy little pots of supermarket own brand low sugar fruit yogurt. I do occasionally buy other types if they take my fancy but I have to check the ingredients first as many contain pork gelatine.

henetha Sat 04-May-19 10:16:07

I'm pre-diabetic, so desperately trying to give up sugar.
So many yoghurts are full of sugar, so I've just switched to
natural yoghurt, but even that contains some.
I make 'overnight oats' with fruit, yoghurt and oats etc.

seacliff Sat 04-May-19 10:21:03

Full fat Greek yoghurt for me, I've trained myself to like it instead of the "fruit ones. I add some fruit, chopped apple, blueberries etc - and museli and nuts and seeds, so it is a real meal. I get Lidl Milbona (bargain) or Tescos own.

Low fat means full of sugar or sweeteners. I think full fat is more satisfying.

crazyH Sat 04-May-19 10:26:26

Natural yogurt - I use it with strawberry jam for 'afters'.
I make a savoury sauce to use with rice. I have a recipe for a yogurt cake which I made some years ago.
Dilute the's a lovely cool drink on a hot summer day.
You can add milk shake powder and whisk , adding ice cubes ....lovely in summer.

Anja Sat 04-May-19 10:48:05

I make my own in the slow cooker. Really easy. Full fat milk, nothing else except a little of the leftover live yoghurt from the previous batch to get it going (fermenting)

Much of the stuff you buy in supermarkets isn’t live and is full of unnecessary added ingredients. Check the ingredients on the back.

If you just want something sweet for a dessert that’s fine. If you actually want something with health benefits then not so fine.

Anja Sat 04-May-19 10:50:54

henetha the sugars you are talking about may not be added. Milk contains a natural intrinsic sugar called lactose. Read the ingredients list to be sure.

Much of the lactose ought to be broken down by the fermentation process anyway in natural live yoghurt.

Septimia Sat 04-May-19 10:53:24

I tried it first in Iceland in 1979! Now Arla do it and it's available in supermarkets here. It's the only yoghurt I buy these days and it has a number of healthy features.

henetha Sun 05-May-19 10:34:07

Thanks Anja... I had a vague idea that some sugars are sort of natural, but am not sure if they are safe for my pre-diabetic state or not,.