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How to Buy the Best Yogurt

Navigate the Dairy Case with Confidence


9/18/2012 8:39:57 AM

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

Yogurt cheese strainer

Yogurt Starter


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

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???
9/18/2012 6:22:03 AM

My body doesn't tolerate artificial sweeteners and I shouldn't eat extra 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.
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

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
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.
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.
3/13/2012 11:45:07 AM

Yogurt is also a great substitute for jelly or jam on toast.
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.
1/25/2012 3:13:18 PM

EILEENV3's SparkPage
I have discovered Siggi's yogurts which are available in some health foods stores including the Whole Foods chain. They are an "Icelandic" style. I have in front of me a 5.3oz container of their Blueberry Yogurt: 100 cal; 0 fat; 60mg Sodium; only 9g of sugar; & 14g of Protein. It has several varieties of active yogurt cultures with no artifical sweeteners.
1/25/2012 12:48:23 PM

ANGELRAE76's SparkPage
To those who commented on greek yogurt being left out of the article... it wasn't ... if you reread the article it is mention within the the first few paragraphs.
While I would also have liked to see the greek yogurt included in the sampling of good choices, the guidelines to choose a good greek yogurt or any other kind were listed above. There are new yogurt companies coming out everyday so it would be impossible to to included all of the best of the best that is why the list was listed a as a sampling! Also if your favorite wasn't listed you may want to check the guidelines she set forth as I did, you may find that it wasn't hitting all the recommendations. Bare in mind that as a registered nutritionalist she would normally charge for the info you just received for free, that alone should make it worth the "extra leg work" if not .. at least do it because you are worth taking care of!
I know that we have all gotten use to our fast food ( someone else do it for us) world but isn't that how we gained the weight in the first place. I know that when I stopped relying on others to make up my food plan or my work out routine and just did it myself within gudeline set forth for me I did better than when I was spoon fed what to do because I gave myself the power to be the best me.. the best part I am a lot cheaper than the trainer was or than WW or Jenny if you know what I mean and since you are here I am assuming you didn't want to feed their bank account either.

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