In today’s modern world, there are always many options for everything. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but when it comes to grocery shopping, you could spend an hour in the dairy aisle just trying to choose a yogurt. First there are the types: regular yogurt, non-fat yogurt, low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, and flavored yogurt. There are yogurt cups with chunks of fruit and ones that include granola, sprinkles, or cookie crumbs. Others include whipped dessert styles for adults and squeeze tubes that are fun for kids. Don’t even mention the multitude of brands available! So, what in the world do you buy?
Do you prefer a certain brand or opt for something new? Is it the packaging or merely the marketing? John Stamos is pretty convincing for Oikos. Are you health conscious and looking for specific ingredients? Do the amount of live active cultures concern you or do you solely look for flavors? Is this getting so overwhelming that you’ve now given up and ventured over to the ice cream aisle for frozen yogurt instead? My guess is yes. I’m currently viewing my local grocery store’s online dairy aisle and there are 609 options for yogurt! Yes, just yogurt! Holy cow — literally.
So let’s look into the yogurt craze.
Regular Yogurt: Regular yogurt is made from milk, but contains live active cultures (probiotics) that benefit the healthy bacteria in your body. It is generally creamy and light in texture.
- Can have a lower fat content compared to Greek yogurt.
- Can have a higher amount of lactose and whey compared to Greek yogurt.
- Can have less sodium compared to Greek yogurt.
- Can have more flavor choices.
Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is creamier and thicker than regular yogurt because the whey is extensively strained and removed. It also contains the benefits of probiotics like regular yogurt.
- Has less lactose than regular yogurt.
- Has more protein than regular yogurt.
- Has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt.
- Unfortunately, some companies label regular yogurt “Greek” by thickening the product with certain additives, rather than using the more expensive straining process, so always check the label!
Frozen Yogurt: Frozen yogurt is the less healthy alternative to the other forms of yogurt. It is made with several additional ingredients and often has more calories than plain forms of yogurt. That being said, we all need a little indulgence sometimes.
- Can have fewer calories than some other types of ice cream.
- Contains probiotics; however they often do not survive long enough to benefit your body as those found in other types of yogurts.
- Large portions and extra toppings can make calories add up quickly.
In my opinion, I prefer Greek yogurt on a daily basis. I enjoy the texture and it seems more like a sweet treat. I find if I eat some at breakfast, the protein helps ward off hunger. In the evening, the rich texture can replace my craving for a bowl of ice cream. The probiotics benefit my system, and the digestion is easier on my body. (I’m lactose intolerant.) I prefer to buy yogurt in large tubs, as they can be used for many different recipes. I can add my own fruit and don’t have to worry about extra sugars, syrups, and preservatives.
In fact, even my dog (a German Shepherd with a grumbling tummy) prefers a little bit of plain yogurt. I don’t think he minds the style, but we all seem to be benefiting from the probiotics aiding in his digestion. We can all finally sit in a room together, without him driving us out — if you catch my drift and not his.