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How to Buy the Best Yogurt

Navigate the Dairy Case with Confidence

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9/18/2012 9:46:18 AM

JANNEBARN's SparkPage
Becky Hand, get with the times! The rest of the enlightened world has realized that low-fat is not a healthy way to eat.
DIETER27
9/18/2012 9:22:15 AM

Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!
9/18/2012 8:39:57 AM

NEIGHBOR_NANCY's SparkPage
I make my own plain yogurt from 2% organic milk. To make "Greek Yogurt," or what my Turkish husband calls yogurt cheese. Hope the info below is helpful - it is what I use, but I am sure there are other products too. Advantages: no added chemicals/preservatives; less plastic yogurt containers to recycle; lower sugar content and use your own fruit if you want more flavor; use plain yogurt in recipes (ask me if you want some!)

Yogurt Maker Machine http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Cuisine-Yogurt-
Maker-YM80/dp/B000EX16RY/ref=sr_1_2?ie
=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361202&sr=8-2

Yogurt cheese strainer http://www.amazon.com/Donvier-837426-Cuisi
pro-YOGURT-CHEESE/dp/B000064841/ref=sr
_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361
280&sr=1-1

Yogurt Starter http://www.amazon.com/Yogurt-Culture-2-Pac
ks-Sealed-Together/dp/B00062KTX0/ref=p
d_sim_k_4
Or

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-837421-6-
Pack-Yogurt-Culture/dp/B001W0Y422/ref=
sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=12763
61325&sr=1-1

Or
http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Cuisine-Yogur
t-Starter-2-packs/dp/B000EONEU0/ref=sr
_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361
325&sr=1-4

Often the first two cultures listed are out of stock. The Euro-cuisine starter works fine; I just like the flavor and texture of the others a bit better. The package deal with additional jars is a good deal if you really like yogurt as much as I do. I make at least 3 batches of yogurt a week (with 2% organic milk; less than 2% milk doesn’t give you enough fat to have the yogurt set thickly enough). I use 4 jars of yogurt to make a batch of yogurt cheese (ready in 2 days). 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt cheese with blueberries is an awesome and healthy breakfast – one of my long-standing favorite treats!
9/18/2012 8:28:58 AM

IDAPACHINSKY's SparkPage
shame on you. Dannon's web site says that it cannot guarantee Dannon to be Gluten free.
Registerd dieticians should know this. How about the others? Are they all gluten free?
9/18/2012 8:03:13 AM

FLUFFY_FUN's SparkPage
I can't believe Chobani or Fage isn't on the list!
9/18/2012 7:49:55 AM

JENNAAW's SparkPage
I always get so confused when I buy yogurt. I always buy plain yogurt, but the difference in taste and calories, etc. is tremendous from brand to brand. I recently bought "blended" plain yogurt because it was half the price of others, but it tasted so awful I had to dump it. I still cannot determine what "blended" means. Blended with what???
SEALGIRL13
9/18/2012 6:22:03 AM

My body doesn't tolerate artificial sweeteners and I shouldn't eat extra sugar......so I have figured out how to make fat free, non-sweetened yogurt in my crock pot. One batch made out of a half gallon of skim milk usually gets me through a week. It has an amazing texture and now it is hard for me to eat "store-bought" yogurt. With this method, I control what goes in it.
MISSYSMOM1950
9/18/2012 5:17:45 AM

I much prefer Greek yogurt. Did not see one "preferred" Greek yogurt in you list. Sorry, don't agree with this particular list.
9/18/2012 2:55:04 AM

FOURCHEEZE's SparkPage
Why all the emphasis on low fat? I thought that myth was debunked ages ago.

In any case 5% is hardly high fat. I would rather have a tasty 5% greek yoghurt (like Total from Fage) and have less of it, than twice as much sour watery low fat sludge (although the 2% Total isn't bad either).
9/10/2012 5:51:42 PM

FL-BEV's SparkPage
Dannon Plain Non Fat Yogurt made into yogurt "cheese" by draining for at LEAST 24 hours and then flavoring tangy (garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano) to use as a spread or SWEET (sugar substitute) and flavoring (vanilla, etc) as a tasty dessert
8/2/2012 3:38:33 PM

LYNNERP's SparkPage
I have discovered that Noosa Yogurt is outstanding. It has 130 calories per serving because it is not fat free, but it contains around 9 grams of sugar per serving which is great for those of of who need to keep track of that little item. The yogurt is beyond good, but be careful because a container is 2 servings. I have 1 serving with a half serving of grape nuts cereal and a hand full of fresh blueberries for breakfast many morning. It's wonderful and I don't get hungry mid morning
POMBIKISAN
7/19/2012 7:50:01 PM

I like Non Fat Organic Greek Style Yogurt, Fage, Nancy 's, Stoneyfield Oikos all have over 23 grams of protein per serving and taste superior to the other wannabes IMHO. They are expensive but well worth it.
LMSTEFFES
4/17/2012 9:30:38 AM

Finally an article that mentions Dannon Light & Fit! I have been using it for several years and it is gratifying to see it listed in your article. Since this is not a "regional" product it is available anywhere I travel in the U.S.
WINDDANCER01
3/13/2012 11:45:07 AM

Yogurt is also a great substitute for jelly or jam on toast.
JUSTPRESSPLAY
1/25/2012 10:31:45 PM

Kalona SuperNatural is heaven - organic, sourced from Iowa Amish farmers, 7-12 grams of sugar, and 2 ingredients. I will never eat another brand again, it's truly that good.

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